Timeline of Major Events

1976: Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. (Foothills) puts forward its proposal to the National Energy Board (NEB) for an Alaska Highway pipeline.

1977: The National Energy Board (NEB) selects the Foothills project as the generally preferred route for sourcing Alaskan and northern Canadian natural gas.

1977: Canada and the U.S. sign the Canada-United States Agreement on Principles Applicable to a Northern Natural Gas Pipeline.

1978: The pipeline route in Canada is deemed certificated with the passage of the Northern Pipeline Act, which also creates the Northern Pipeline Agency.

1982: The “Pre-build,” originating in Caroline, Alberta, is completed, transporting natural gas from Western Canada.

1983: An easement through Yukon is granted to Foothills.

1988-98: The Pre-build undergoes five expansions, reaching its current capacity of 3.3 Bcf/d.

2008: The state government of Alaska awards TransCanada Alaska Co. a license under its Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA), in part providing up to $500M in project development funding.

2009: TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. (TransCanada) and ExxonMobil reach an agreement to jointly pursue the project, commercially known as the Alaska Pipeline Project (APP).

2010: APP holds first ever Open Season to solicit commercial interest from North Slope producers for firm natural gas transportation service.

2012: TransCanada and the gas producers in the North Slope region announce plans to study an alternative route, an all-Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) export pipeline. TransCanada holds a non-binding “Solicitation of Interest” from August 31 to September 14, 2012, to assess the potential for shipping commitments on either the AHGP or the LNG route.

Timeline runs from 1975 to 2015 Graph

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