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Pipeline project approved near Hinton

Masha Scheele

Around 600 jobs will be flowing into Alberta for the Grande Prairie Mainline Loop No. 2 – McLeod River North Project, including a boost to the Hinton-area economy.

“These are predominantly construction jobs, however businesses that support construction either directly or through services (hotels, restaurants) also typically see a boost in economic activity during this period,” said Cole Thomson, of TC Energy.

Thomson said that, along with providing natural gas producers with transportation services, the McLeod River North project creates longer-term economic benefits for the region through property taxes.

The McLeod River North project is part of TC Energy’s Nova Gas Transmission Limited System (NGTL). TC Energy, formerly named TransCanada Corporation, received approval for the project from the National Energy Board on April 25.

“We’ve been working with stakeholders in the region since Q4 2017 on the project. Our construction planning reflects the careful consideration we have received from stakeholders, including local business interests, traffic management, and initiatives to protect and enhance the environment in the Hinton area,” said Thomson.

Bannister Construction received the contract as the project’s prime contractor. The project will entail Bannister Pipelines to build, own, and operate 34 kilometers of additional 48-inch natural gas pipeline looping segments located north of Hinton.