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Canadian gas pipeline gets nod

Canadian gas pipeline gets nod
The Mackenzie natural gas pipeline, courtesy of the Mackenzie Gas Project.

CALGARY, Alberta, March 11 (UPI) -- The National Energy Board in Canada issued its final certificate for the construction of the Mackenzie natural gas pipeline from Alberta.

The pipeline would run 743 miles from the Beaufort Sea to northwestern Alberta. It's designed to carry more than 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

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"Having received approval from the federal Cabinet the National Energy Board has issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the ... Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, part of the Mackenzie Gas Project," the board said in a statement.

The project faced critics who questioned the project given the abundance of shale gas in the United States.

Canada's National Energy Board announced it approved the application for the construction and operation of the $16.1 billion gas pipeline in December.

The energy board attached 264 conditions to engineering, safety and environmental issues for the project that must be met if developers go ahead with the pipeline.

The project is designed to carry enough natural gas to meet the energy demands of more than 60 percent of all Canadians.

Imperial Oil, Canada's largest petroleum company, leads a project consortium that includes some of the biggest energy companies in the world.

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The project consortium said it would take about five years for the pipeline to start deliveries after regulatory approval and project proponent consensus.

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