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Taglu Natural Gas Field Development

Taglu is about 120 kilometres northwest of Inuvik and about 70 kilometres west of Tuktoyaktuk. The natural gas in this field is about three kilometres below the surface. A large part of the field is located within the Kendall Island Bird Sanctuary.

Map of Natural Gas Fields: Taglu

Taglu is 100% held by Imperial Oil Resources Limited.

Artist's concept of Taglu gas field
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Artists conception at this time

Development of the field will require the drilling of 10 to 15 production wells, and one to two disposal wells. The wells will be directionally drilled from a single surface location, minimizing disturbance of the land.

There will be several stages of development. The first stage will include preparing the site, drilling five to seven production wells, and installing facilities to condition the natural gas. Future stages include installing compression facilities and drilling three to eight more production wells and one more disposal well. Future phases will be situated at the same surface location.

Facilities will be designed and built in a way that considers the environment and current land uses, while meeting the technical, safety and intergrity needs of facilities operating in a harsh climate. Field development plans will be finalized through a series of consultations and reviews with residents in potentially affected communities, and with other interested parties. The results of the studies, environmental assessments and public consultation will be considered in the field development plan.

The natural gas facilities will be fabricated offsite into large modules, and these modules will be transported from the fabrication yard to the Beaufort Sea, and then through the Kittigazuit Bay and up the Mackenzie River to Taglu. Some equipment, such as fuel tanks and smaller modules, will be fabricated in Western Canada, transported to Hay River by rail or truck, and then barged to Taglu.

The timing of the start of construction is subject to regulatory approval. During the first year of construction, the focus will be on the preparation of winter access roads and the transport of camp facilities, storage facilities and materials. Transport of granular material to Taglu from the YaYa River borrow sites and construction of gravel pads and infrastructure would then begin. Drilling will likely begin in the third year of construction and continue for approximately two years. Production of natural gas is expected to begin the fourth year after the start of construction.

Click here to view the Taglu Information Sheet (637 KB PDF)

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