What route will the Energy East Pipeline use?
The proposed Energy East Pipeline project will convert 3,000 km of existing natural gas pipeline to crude oil service and will include the construction of 1,600 km of new pipeline. The Energy East Pipeline plans to run between Hardisty, Alta., to Saint John, N.B. The exact pipeline route will not be finalized until we have assessed and incorporated input from numerous stakeholders, including First Nation and Métis communities, landowners, local communities and provincial and federal governments.
What is the construction timeline?
In October 2014, TransCanada filed a formal project application for the Energy East Pipeline with the National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada. The application was an important milestone in a multi-step regulatory process to receive the necessary approvals to build and operate the proposed Energy East project.
It is also the result of more than 18 months of extensive environmental studies, engineering work and public consultation, making it one of the most comprehensive regulatory applications in the history of Canada’s energy transportation industry.
Once all necessary regulatory approvals are received, we will start construction, with the pipeline targeted to be in service by 2020.
Can I have a say on the Energy East project?
You have questions on the project? Let’s talk.
TransCanada is committed to having an open and transparent engagement process with Indigenous communities, landowners and local residents along the pipeline’s pathway. This is why the Energy East team has already engaged with close to 500 communities, 155 Indigenous communities and organizations, and more than 5,500 landowners in the six provinces the pipeline will go through.
We have held more than 115 open houses, attended by over 9,000 Canadians, and participated in hundreds of public meetings to answer questions about the project and discuss important topics, such as water safety, pipeline integrity, economic benefits and job opportunities. These local events also help TransCanada gather crucial public feedback that will help guide our development plans.
We will hold more open houses in the months to come. We encourage you to attend and ask questions about the project so we can provide information, follow up on concerns, and take your input into account.
Developing positive, long-term relationships with those who live along the Energy East Pipeline route is an essential part of our project, because we want to be a good neighbour and a trusted community partner.
How will TransCanada convert part of the Mainline for Energy East?
As part of the Energy East Pipeline project, TransCanada plans to convert to oil transportation a portion of an existing natural gas pipeline network called the Canadian Mainline. Repurposing pipelines is something TransCanada has already done successfully throughout its 60-year history. The most recent example is the conversion of 860 km of the Mainline for the Keystone Pipeline System, which has safely delivered more than one billion barrels of crude oil to the United States since it began operating in July 2010.
As safety is an essential part of everything we do, the first step of the Mainline conversion will involve a thorough cleaning of the pipeline and inspections with high-resolution tools to identify potential issues. Once the integrity of the pipeline has been re-assessed, we will install electronic leak-detection systems that allow TransCanada to monitor pipeline operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from its high-tech control centre in Calgary.
How can I invest in Energy East?
Energy East Pipeline is wholly owned by TransCanada Corporation. Investors can invest in Energy East Pipeline by investing in TransCanada. Our common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TRP. For more information about investing in TransCanada, visit our Investor Relations section on TransCanada.com.