Williams would design, construct, operate and maintain the proposed Island Gas Connector Project (IGC Project).

United States

For the portion of the IGC Project located in the United States, the first step in developing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) certificate application is initiation of the FERC pre-filing process. This is anticipated to begin in 2017. The FERC pre-filing process is intended to gather early input from citizens, governmental entities and other interested parties to identify and address issues related to potential facility locations.

The IGC Project team will file the FERC certificate application at the end of the pre-filing process. The IGC Project team anticipates the pre-filing process to take up to one year.

About FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines, and licenses hydropower projects.

FERC implements laws passed by Congress, which give the Commission its legal authority to do business under Title 18 – Conservation of Power and Water Resources, Parts 1 to 399 – of the Federal Code of Regulations (CFR).

Find out more about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.



For the portion of the IGC Project located in Canada, the IGC Project team is preparing the Project Description to be submitted to the National Energy Board (NEB). Following this submission, the IGC Project team will prepare a Facilities Application to submit to the NEB.

The NEB will determine the timeline for the review process. The IGC Project team will share information on the NEB process as it becomes available.

About the NEB

The National Energy Board’s (NEB) main responsibilities include regulating the construction and operation of interprovincial and international oil and natural gas pipelines, international power lines and designated interprovincial power lines. The NEB is a fully independent agency of the Government of Canada established in 1959 to regulate international and interprovincial aspects of the oil, natural gas and electric utility industries.

The NEB’s mandate is to promote safety, security, environmental protection and enhance economic efficiency for the regulation of pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.

The NEB’s regulatory oversight extends over 71,000 kilometres of pipeline that crisscross most of Canada, and approximately 1,400 kilometres of international power lines.

Find out more about the National Energy Board.

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