by Tina Olivero

    TC Energy signs agreements with Indigenous communities

    TC Energy Corporation announced the signing of option agreements to sell a 10 percent equity interest in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Limited Partnership to Indigenous communities across the project corridor. The opportunity to become business partners through equity ownership was made available to all 20 Nations holding existing agreements with Coastal GasLink. The Nations have established two entities that together currently represent 16 communities that have confirmed their support for the option agreements: CGL First Nations Limited Partnership and the FN CGL Pipeline Limited Partnership. The formal establishment of these agreements comes from an interest expressed by Indigenous groups across the project corridor to become owners in Coastal GasLink alongside Alberta Investment Management Corporation, KKR, and TC Energy.

    Chief Justin Napoleon, Saulteau First Nations which is a member of the FN CGL Pipeline Limited Partnership said, “We are proud to advance our relationships with the Indigenous communities across the route through equity ownership in Coastal GasLink. Together, as business partners, we have the opportunity to learn, grow and change the way energy is developed in Canada. This is one of the ways we can advance reconciliation.”

    The equity option recognizes the important relationship that TC Energy and Coastal GasLink have with the Indigenous groups along the approved pipeline route and the desire to be true partners. The equity option is in addition to 20 agreements Coastal GasLink has with Indigenous groups along the route which provide opportunities for contracting and employment as well as other long-term benefits. The equity option is exercisable after commercial in-service of the pipeline, subject to customary regulatory approvals and consents, including the consent of LNG Canada.

    Chief Corrina Leween, Cheslatta Carrier Nation which is a member of the CGL First Nations Limited Partnership Management Committee said, “For years we have watched industry and governments generate revenues from the operations of their projects, while we live with the impacts. This investment in Coastal GasLink will finally start to shift the landscape, aligning industry and Indigenous peoples’ interests over the entire life cycle of a project.”

    François Poirier, TC Energy President, and Chief Executive Officer said, “We recognize that enduring relationships need to include long-term economic opportunities that support the resiliency of Indigenous communities. We continue to learn a great deal from these relationships and value the opportunity to become true partners with Indigenous communities throughout the lifecycle of this Project.”

    About Coastal GasLink    

    Coastal GasLink is constructing a 48-inch-diametre, 670-kilometers (416 miles) pipeline to safely transport natural gas from the Groundbirch area west of Dawson Creek, B.C., to the liquefied natural gas export facility being constructed by LNG Canada and its joint-venture partners near Kitimat, B.C. Before construction began, the approved Coastal GasLink route was determined by considering Indigenous, landowner, and stakeholder input, the environment, archaeological and cultural values, land use compatibility, safety, constructability, and economics. Coastal GasLink will meet strict environmental and safety standards while helping to meet the growing demand for cleaner energy.

    Over the course of the project, Coastal GasLink will create over 4,500 short-term jobs, which will bring millions in economic benefits to local communities. With a commitment to hiring local and Indigenous first, Coastal GasLink is delivering jobs and contracting opportunities that benefit northern B.C., the province, and the Canadian economy. TC Energy will operate the pipeline once in service. Coastal GasLink will have an initial capacity of 2.1 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) and represents the first direct path to connect abundant Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin supply to global markets. To learn more, visit CoastalGasLink.com

    About TC Energy

    We are a vital part of everyday life — delivering the energy millions of people rely on to power their lives in a sustainable way. Thanks to a safe, reliable network of natural gas and liquids pipelines, along with power generation and storage facilities, wherever life happens — we’re there. Guided by our core values of safety, innovation, responsibility, collaboration, and integrity, our people make a positive difference in the communities where we operate across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

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