December 3, 2019
The first segments of pipe for the Coastal GasLink Project begin to arrive at storage sites the week of Dec. 2, 2019 in anticipation of construction ramp up later next year.
Like construction of any major infrastructure project such as a bridge or a road, constructing a pipeline demands proper planning, design, engineering, and materials procurement to ensure it is completed safely, successfully and on time.
Steel pipe is one of the longest lead time items for any pipeline project and it is important that all materials are available for pipeline assembly and installation once site preparation is complete.
Starting in December 2019, pipe will be transported by rail and truck and stored at sites across the project route until it’s needed for assembly and installation. That phase of construction is expected to start next summer and continue through to 2022.
We value our neighbors and want to make sure local communities have up-to-date information about construction activities, including pipe delivery. Initial deliveries are planned for the Chetwynd and Kitimat area.
Deliveries to other areas across the route will continue through April 2021, and we will provide detailed information about location and timing on our website. The number of loads and delivery windows vary.
With more than 65 years of experience building and operating energy infrastructure, we only use high-quality materials and the latest proven technology for our pipelines. From design and construction to operation and maintenance, we are committed to the safety of our workers, the environment and local communities at all times.
Our commitment to safety extends to the transportation of the materials required for the project, including pipe.
Approximately 390,000 tonnes of pipe is required for the 670-kilometre pipeline, with the majority of materials made in Canada to our specifications and high standards.
Traffic management and safety plans are in place to minimize any impact to local roads and communities and maximize safety. Our line pipe suppliers have hired an experienced and specialized transportation company and trucks are required to meet Coastal GasLink’s high safety standards, including the requirement to be equipped with in-vehicle monitoring to encourage safe driving practices, including speed limits, seat belt use, harsh braking and cornering.
With construction progressing on the Coastal GasLink Project, we are committed to delivering economic benefits across the province. With more than $1 billion in employment and contracting opportunities for Indigenous and local communities, significant benefits are already being realized across the project right-of-way. In fact, nearly 1,000 women and men are currently working on the project to make sure we are ready for mainline construction in 2020.
Want to know what else is happening along the right-of-way? Check our latest Construction Update.