Horn River Gas Pipeline

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Horn River Gas Pipeline is a canceled natural gas pipeline in northeastern British Columbia, Canada.[1]


The pipeline would have run from the Horn River Shale formation in northeast British Columbia to the coast of British Columbia.

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Project Details

  • Operator: TC Energy[1]
  • Owner: TC Energy[1]
  • Parent Company: TC Energy[1]
  • Capacity: 1000 Million cubic feet per day[1]
  • Length: 62 miles / 100 km[2]
  • Diameter:
  • Status: Cancelled[2][1]
  • Start Year:
  • Cost:
  • Financing:
  • Associated Infrastructure:


Canada’s National Energy Board rejected an application by TC Energy subsidiary Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) to connect B.C.’s isolated Horn River shale gas play to its 24,000-kilometer pipeline system, saying that a “rolled-in” tolling structure proposed for the project “would unreasonably subsidize the extension of the NGTL Alberta system into an area where it would compete with infrastructure already in place.” [1] The $227-million addition to TC Energy's Nova system was conceived to carry one billion cubic feet of gas per day south from the Horn River play, with the potential to expand to 1.8 bcf as needed. [1] The Horn River pipeline would have provided a second direct point of access to the growing shale gas supplies in northeast B.C., the first being the Groundbirch pipeline, which came into service in December 2010. The intention of the Horn River pipeline was to help offset the recent decline in conventional Western Canada Sedimentary Basin volumes and contribute to higher throughput and lower tolls on downstream pipelines including the Canadian Mainline. [3]

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