[에너지신문] 04 July 2016 - The Federal Court of Appeal of Canada has overturned the federal approval granted to Enbridge for the development of its Northern Gateway oil pipeline project, considering that the government had failed to consult aboriginal groups on the project. The cabinet will have to restart consultation before issuing a new permit for the project.
The project consists of a 1,177-km twin pipeline system between Bruderheim (Alberta) and Kitimat (British Columbia) and a marine terminal in Kitimat, enabling to transport 525,000 bbl/d of crude oil for export and to import 193,000 bbl/d of condensate. Investment is estimated at C$7.9bn (US$6.1bn).
The company secured approval from Canadian energy regulators in late 2013 and from the federal government in June 2014 but is still facing opposition from environmentalist groups and aboriginal communities and will have to sort out various issues before the start of the construction. In September 2014, Enbridge postponed the project to 2018; Northern Gateway is not expected before 2021, as the new Prime Minister opposed the project in April 2016, promising a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the northern British Columbia coast.