Natural gas reserves in northern Canada and Alaska will be needed to meet the rising North American gas demand. Potential mean reserves [ 164 KB] in Yukon will play a role in meeting the demand.
Getting the gas to market requires the construction of pipelines. There are currently two northern pipeline projects being proposed by producers in Alaska's North Slope and the Mackenzie Delta - The Alaska Highway Pipeline Project (AHPP); and the Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP).
The AHPP is currently being advanced by TransCanada Pipelines Ltd and Exxon Mobil. This project is currently on hold as the proponents are focused on an all-Alaska liquefied natural gas project.
The MGP is being advanced by the Mackenzie Producers Group - Imperial Oil, ConocoPhillips, Shell Canada and ExxonMobil - and the Aboriginal Pipeline Group. While progress on the project has stalled over the last few years, in October 2013, Imperial Oil Ltd. announced that it is looking at a major revamp of the MGP that would see the stalled northern venture reborn as part of an expansive liquefied natural gas development.
Construction of both projects will provide significant benefits to Yukon, including jobs, business opportunities, access to gas and more. The Yukon government supports the construction of both pipeline projects and is continuing its preparation to ensure Yukon maximizes benefits and minimizes impacts.