A First for Atlantic Canada and the Northeast

In December 1999, a major energy project placed Atlantic Canada and the Northeastern United States at the beginning of North America’s interstate pipeline network, with close proximity to significant new supplies of natural gas. Known as Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, this historic project has introduced natural gas – a cleaner burning, efficient and cost competitive energy source – to areas in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine and the Northeast U.S. that previously did not have access to natural gas.

System Overview

Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline (Maritimes) is a 684-mile transmission pipeline system originally built to transport natural gas from developments offshore Nova Scotia to markets in Atlantic Canada and the northeastern United States. A joint venture of Spectra Energy Partners (77.53%), Emera Inc. (12.92%), and ExxonMobil (9.55%), Maritimes is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia and operates an additional business office in Waltham, Massachusetts.

The Maritimes system consists of an approximately 30″/24″ diameter underground mainline running from Goldboro, Nova Scotia through Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to the Canadian – U.S. border near Baileyville, Maine. The pipeline continues through Maine and New Hampshire into Massachusetts where it connects with the existing North American pipeline grid at Dracut, Massachusetts. The pipeline also extends from Methuen, Massachusetts to Beverly, Massachusetts. In addition, the pipeline interconnects in Maine with the Portland Natural Gas Transmission System at Westbrook, Maine and the Brunswick Pipeline at Baileyville, Maine.

Currently the gas flows from south to north as the offshore Nova Scotia gas supply is permanently shut-in

A 101-mile portion of the system from Westbrook, Maine, to Dracut, Massachusetts, is owned jointly by Maritimes and Portland Natural Gas Transmission System. This portion is referred to as the Joint Facilities.

Natural Gas to Market

Since our beginnings in 1999, our system has added many market delivery points in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.  These locations include:

Nova Scotia
Point Tupper
Halifax Airport

New Brunswick
Baie Verte/PEI
Saint John
Saint George
St. Stephen

New England
Veazie / Bangor