Inuvialuit Energy Security Project

The Inuvialuit Petroleum Corporation (IPC) is proposing to develop the M-18 well. The Project involves the construction of a gas plant that will convert natural gas into liquefied natural gas (LNG) and synthetic diesel, which can then be transported to customers for power and heating applications.

Visit this page for updates, documents and RFPs for the Inuvialuit Energy Security Project.


Notice of Hearing October 7, 2022

Canada Energy Regulator C21277 Commission | Commission - Letter and Hearing Order MH-002-2022, Registration to Participate to Inuvialuit Energy Security Project Ltd. – IESP - Early Site Works, Well Workover and Installation, Operation of IESP Energy Centre.

C21277-1 Commission - Letter – IESPL – IESP – Early Site Works, Well Workover and Installation, Operation of IESP Energy Centre - A8H1S6

(French version) C21277-2 Commission - Lettre – IESPL – IESP – travaux préliminaires sur le site, le reconditionnement d’un puits, ainsi que l’aménagement et l’exploitation du centre énergétique du projet - A8H1S5

C21277-3 Commission - Hearing Order MH-002-2022 – IESPL – IESP – Early Site Works, Well Workover and Installation, Operation of IESP Energy Centre - A8H1S8 

(French version) C21277-4 Commission - Ordonnance d’audience MH-002-2022 -IESPL – IESP – travaux préliminaires sur le site, le reconditionnement d’un puits, et l’aménagement et l’exploitation du centre énergétique - A8H1S7


Physical copies of IESPL CER Applications for Authorizations for Early Site Works, Well Workover and Installation and Operation of the IESP Energy Centre are located at:

Suite 1100, 110-9th Ave SW

Calgary, AB T2P0T1

Office Hours are 8:30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.  The applications are in hard copy and printed in English. 

If someone is unable to access the copies in Calgary, then please contact IESPL and we can provide electronic copy. 


Anticipated Job Opportunity with IESP:

IPC has provided a detailed guide designed to help interested individuals Get Ready for IESP-related job opportunities. 

Get Ready Employment Poster

Energy Capacity and Training- Future Opportunities Guide


Latest Project Update:

Watch IPC Energy Center Fly Through Video

Latest IESP Presentation

Inuvialuit Energy Security Project Benefits Poster - View on your screen or to download and print.


Why the Inuvialuit Energy Security Project?:

This project is needed in order to:

  • Provide a replacement to the diminished Ikhil gas well.
  • Reduce our reliance on expensive southern fuel and exposure to intermittent road outages.
  • Create opportunities for our local businesses.
  • Mitigate the high cost of living and doing business in the region.

How will the Project help the region?

ENERGY SECURITY The Project will result in a secure supply of local natural gas for our region for decades to come.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS The Project will result in good quality permanent jobs for residents and cost savings in heating and fuel.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS The Project will reduce GHGs by thousands of tonnes each year, while imposing no significant impacts on the environment.



 2018 Summer Field Studies

Project Description

See some photos of a LNG plant in operation and photos of the current M-18 Site


The Inuvialuit Energy Security Project Timeline:

FRONT END ENGINEERING & DESIGN (FEED) The original FEED was completed in 2021, and the various engineering vendors have created preliminary design drawings, plans, and developed a cost estimate in preparation for a Final Investment Decision (FID).  IESPL will continue refining the FEED into 2022 until FID is complete. 

REGULATORY APPROVALS By early 2021, IESPL had completed a first round of consultations with stakeholders and received approval from the Environmental Impact Screening Committee on January 25, 2021.  In March 2021, IESPL initiated major applications to the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).  On March 8, the CER approved the IESP Development Plan. IPC is now working on the remaining authorizations required by the CER for construction and operations of the IESP. 

WORKER TRAINING By the end of 2022, IESPL will begin offering training programs for Project-related work opportunities.

CIVIL WORKS AND REMEDIATION During Q4 2021 and Q1 2022, work was completed on a winter access trail to M-18 such that the M-18 sump remediation was able to be completed.

PLANT CONSTRUCTION In late 2022, major gas processing equipment and modules will start to be constructed.  Onsite construction and commissioning will take place through 2024.

PRODUCTION In the second half of 2024, gas will be produced and trucked to consumers.

IPC is committed to ensuring residents are informed about and supportive of the Project.  Formal consultations with Co-management Boards, Community Corporations, Hunters and Trappers Committees, ILA and local communities were initiated in Spring 2020 and will continue through the development of the project. 


Please contact us with your ideas, questions and concerns!



Travis Balaski, P.Eng. President 

Inuvialuit Energy Security Project Ltd.