Major Projects Management Office

April 17, 2012

Major economic projects benefitting from the Major Projects Management Office Initiative

The Major Projects Management Office initiative has helped to transform the approvals process for major natural resource projects by shortening the average review times from 4 years to just 22 months, and improving accountability by monitoring the performance of federal regulatory departments. More than 70 major projects are currently benefitting from the system-wide improvements made possible by the initiative (see map).

Horn River Natural Gas Pipeline (British Columbia)

The Horn River Natural Gas Pipeline project connects natural gas supply from northeastern British Columbiato an existing pipeline infrastructure. The Major Projects Management Office initiative coordinated the federal review of the project and approval was granted in February 2011, 17 months after receiving the description of the project.

Groundbirch Natural Gas Pipeline (Alberta and British Columbia)

The federal review of the Groundbirch Natural Gas Pipeline project was coordinated by the Major Projects Management Office initiative. A description of the pipeline, which would cross from Alberta into British Columbia, was submitted to the Office in November 2008 and the project was approved within 17 months in April 2010.

Bakken Oil Pipeline (Manitoba and Saskatchewan)

The Bakken Oil Pipeline, which will transport oil from Saskatchewan to Manitoba, was approved by the federal government within 17 months in March 2012. The review of the project, which was expected to trigger statutory and regulatory obligations for several departments, was coordinated by the Major Projects Management Office after receiving a project description in October 2010.

Detour Lake Gold Mine (Ontario)

Approval for the Detour Lake Gold Mine project was granted by the Minister of the Environment in December 2011. A description of the open-pit mine project, which would be located in northeastern Ontario, was submitted in October 2009. The Major Projects Management Office coordinated the review of the project, which was expected to trigger statutory and regulatory obligations for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Transport Canada.

Hebron Offshore Oil Development (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Exxon Mobil Canada Properties’ Hebron Offshore Oil Development project is a 19,000 to 28,000 cubic metres per day offshore oil production system proposal located in the Jeanne d'Arc basin, approximately 340 kilometres offshore of St. John's. A project description was submitted in March 2009 and the review was completed in January 2012.

Matoush Uranium Exploration (Quebec)

The Matoush Uranium Exploration Ramp Access project involves the excavation of an exploration ramp to determine the possibility of a uranium mine within the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement territory located approximately 260 kilometres north of Chibougamau in Quebec. The project consists of a 2,405-metre ramp, at a maximum depth of 300 metres. Temporary structures will be built at the surface to support the underground exploration. The project description was submitted in September 2008 and the review was completed February 2012.

Click on the map below to access the Major Projects Management Office’s tracking and monitoring system - the MPMO Tracker.

Major economic projects benefitting from the Major Projects Management Office Initiative

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