Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline
The Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline is a natural gas transmission pipeline that runs from the Sable Offshore Energy Project (SOEP) gas plant in Goldboro, Nova Scotia, Canada to Dracut, Massachusetts, United States.
The 762 mm (30 in) mainline pipeline runs 1,300 km (810 mi) through the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and the United States states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts where it connects with the North American natural gas grid in Dracut. There are four lateral pipelines located in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to serve population and industrial centres. The system has a capacity to carry 440 million cubic feet per day. It is operated by Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline Management Limited of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The pipeline came into operation in 2000. Prior to this, natural gas was selling for US$2.31 per million BTU in the New England market (February 2000). By December, the price was US$8.45 per million BTU. The abrupt rise in price was attributed to an increase in demand in New England. In contrast, the price of competing heating oil rose from 45 cents to just 58 cents per litre over the same period.
The pipeline has four Canadian laterals and five U.S. laterals:
- Point Tupper Lateral to the Sable Offshore Energy Project gas liquids separation plant - 60 km
- Halifax Lateral to Dartmouth at the Tuft's Cove Generating Station - 124 km
- Moncton Lateral - 12 km
- Saint John Lateral - 111 km
United States Laterals:
- Daily News (Halifax, NS), "Oil still the way to go", December 10, 2000
- Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline official website
- Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline Spectra Energy Profile
- Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Operator Report and Incidents Report