January 19, 2009 / 8:01 PM / 9 years ago

Canada to brief media on Mackenzie gas project

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government minister in charge of pipelines will brief reporters on Monday about a much-delayed C$16.2 billion ($13 billion) project to ship natural gas from Canada’s Arctic, an official said.

“There will be news,” said a spokesman for federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice, declining to give further details. Prentice will speak to the media at 3:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) “to update developments concerning the Mackenzie gas project”, he added.

Last month a regulatory panel weighing a proposal to transport gas along the Mackenzie Valley said it would not complete its report for another year, spelling another in a long list of delays for the embattled project.

The consortium looking to build the line is led by Imperial Oil Ltd. Its partners include Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp, ConocoPhillips and the Aboriginal Pipeline Group.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway

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