TC Energy hopes to double capacity with HDD

The construction of a new 20 km, 20 inch (508 mm) natural gas pipeline is anticipated to double the natural gas capacity of the Cold Lake region in Alberta.

According to Bonnyville Nouvelle, TC Energy is bringing natural gas from northwest Alberta to the north east and into north western Saskatchewan. 

The pipeline will start at the Kent Sales Meter Station located 8 km southwest of Cold Lake and will tie into TC Energy’s existing natural gas gathering and transport system infrastructure metre, before travelling 20 km east to the existing Cold Lake Border Station and Cherry Grove Metre Station.

TC Energy Public Affairs Josh Pentland said there is a 10 inch (254 mm) pipe currently in the ground, so the project will double capacity through the area.

“There’s an existing 10 inch line, so we’re looping with that pipeline, and once our pipeline goes into service, we will be decommissioning that 10 inch line and leaving it in the ground,” said Mr Pentland.

“We will also be building a new meter station at the east end and decommissioning an existing meter station in that vicinity.”

A portion of the pipeline route will cross roads, highways and the Beaver River, which TC Energy will cross using a horizontal directional drill (HDD) for approximately 1 km.

TC Energy aims to have construction started this year so that the pipeline is in service in 2021.

For more information visit the TC Energy website.

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