Spectra Energy has said that it will be holding an open season to confirm customer requirements for additional transportation service on the company's Transportation North (T-North) natural gas transmission facilities in Northern British Columbia (BC).

The company has invited the interested parties to respond to a binding open season for up to 600 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d) of additional capacity on the Fort Nelson Mainline and up to 200mmcf/d of additional capacity on the Fort St John Mainline.

The new facilities are expected to be put into service in stages over the latter half of 2012 and the first half of 2013.

The company said that it is offering new pipeline capacity to meet the growing demand for transportation service from the producing regions in northeast British Columbia.

Spectra Energy Transmission West vice president pipeline Rob Whitwham said that securing long-term firm transportation contracts will enable the company to expand its existing assets in the region, thereby enhancing market optionality for natural gas buyers and suppliers in BC.