TransCanada confirms it won't be building Energy East terminal at Cacouna, Que.

CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) has confirmed that it no longer plans to build a terminal at Cacouna, Que., as part of its Energy East pipeline project.

The Calgary-based company says it’s making the decision in part because of concern for beluga whales near the site.

TransCanada also says it will look at alternative locations in Quebec for a marine and tank terminal.

Refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick would continue to be connected directly to Energy East under TransCanada’s proposal.

The company says it expects the Energy East pipeline will be in service by 2020.

TransCanada’s announcement follows a Montreal La Presse report that it had ditched plans to build an oil port in Quebec.

It had previously suspended construction of a port at Cacouna in eastern Quebec because of the presence of belugas, which have seen their numbers dwindle to about 1,000 according to a federal wildlife committee’s report last year.