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Project Phases

The Mackenzie Gas Project is complex. It will take a coordinated and well-planned effort over several years to complete. If the Project proceeds as expected, natural gas production could start within 4 to 7 years of proponent consensus.

There are potentially four phases to the Mackenzie Gas Project:

  • Feasibiliy Study, which has been completed
  • Project Definition phase, which is currently under way
  • Construction
  • Operation

We are now in the project definition (or planning) phase. This includes:

Project Phases from Feasibility to Operation

The Project submited the applications for regulatory approvals in October 2004. This initiated the formal environmental assessment and regulatory review of our development proposal by northern and federal authorities.

At the end of the project definition phase, the project developers will reassess the project opportunity, taking into consideration all the factors that must be in place to support the Project. These include any conditions attached to the regulatory decision, development costs, fiscal and royalty regimes, as well as market and economic conditions.

A decision to proceed would advance the Project to the next phase, construction, which would take up to four years. Most of the pipeline construction activities will occur during two consecutive winters, while some facilities construction activities may take place throughtout the year.

Following construction and testing, the Project would move to the operation phase. Business opportunities would continue if the pipeline's availability encourages other companies to explore for and develop natural gas in the North.

Click here to view the Project Phases Information Sheet (649 KB PDF)

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