About Northern Gateway

This section includes the tanker route maps and project description. It also contains the outcomes of the Joint Review Panel (JRP) Reports as well as CPE’s response to these reports. 


Tanker Route Map

The proposed tanker shipping routes for the Northern Gateway project are shown in the figure below, with segment lengths given in the table below the figure.


Figure 3-1 from the Quantitative Risk Analysis

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Area of map above, with respect to Vancouver.

Project Description

The Northern Gateway project is described in the introduction to Volume 1 of the Joint Review Panel’s report:

The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project is a proposal to create a new transportation route between Canada and world oil markets. It would have three major components:

  • One 914 millimetre (36 inch) outside diameter pipeline would carry an average of 83,400 cubic metres (525,000 arrels) of oil products west from Bruderheim to Kitimat per day.
  • A parallel pipeline, 508 millimetres (20 inches) in outside diameter, would carry an average of 30,700 cubic metres (193,000 barrels) of condensate per day east from Kitimat to the inland terminal at Bruderheim.
  • The Kitimat Terminal would have 2 tanker berths, 3 condensate storage tanks, and 16 oil storage tanks. At Bruderheim, there would be connections to pipelines and storage facilities serving producers and markets in Western Canada.

View PDF JRP Report Vol. 1

Unfortunately, the above description does not provide much information on the tanker shipping aspects of the project, which will see approximately 220 tankers visit the port of Kitimat every year.