March 2022, Vol. 249, No. 3


Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project More Than Halfway Complete

Special to P&GJ  

Coastal GasLink’s pipeline project is more than 57% complete overall, and more than 46% of the construction is finished, according to its monthly construction update. The pipeline, which will feed natural gas to one of the biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Canada’s history, remains on track to start up by 2023.

(Photo: Coastal GasLink)

The project involves the construction and operation of a 48-inch (1,219-mm), 416-mile (670-km) pipeline from northeastern British Columbia to the LNG Canada Export Terminal now under construction near Kitimat. LNG Canada’s joint venture participants include Shell, Kogas, Mitsubishi, PetroChina and Petronas.  

TC Energy is building the pipeline, which will be capable of moving 2.1 Bcf/d (59 MMcm/d) of natural gas with the potential of delivering up to 5 Bcf/d (142 MMcm/d).  

Coastal GasLink stayed busy with construction in the summer and fall, the update said, and milestones reached include the completion of the Murray River and Sukunka River horizontal directional drilling (HDD) trenchless water crossing as well as the Burnt River direct pipe installation (DPI) and Salmon River DPI, bringing the project total to seven of nine trenchless crossings completed.  

Construction crews completed the Kitimat Meter Station with no environmental or safety incidents, according to the update.  

“Our crews completed the access road to the top of Icy Pass – the highest elevation point on the project route,” the update said. “To cap off a very successful summer construction season, on July 20 we marked the safe completion of the road to the top of Cable Crane Hill, establishing this critical access for construction nine days ahead of schedule.”  

The project has employed more than 4,600 people and provided more than $1.6 million to communities through the community giving program Build Strong, the update stated.  

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