Our construction workforce continued to grow in May with a modest increase marking the end of spring break-up and the beginning of what’s looking to be a busy summer construction season for Coastal GasLink. We expect our workforce numbers to grow into the fall to advance the project and complete several milestones on the horizon.
In May, we saw Section 1 reach 100% grading completion and in early June, the section was also the site of the successful implementation of the Murray River Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) pipe installation. This 48-inch HDD is the largest of its kind for TC Energy and is our featured ‘Photo of the Month.’
Another milestone we’re looking forward to at the end of June is the construction completion of the Kitimat Meter Station. On May 30, the site completed its fourth successful hydrotest. Hydrotesting is the sixth of seven stages that are a part of facilities construction; this marks the first large bore pipe section at a Coastal GasLink facility to undergo field hydrotesting.
While we expect to share more construction progress and milestones this summer, safety continues to be our number one value. In late May, Coastal GasLink introduced Rapid Antigen Diagnostic (RAD) testing. These tests can yield COVID-19 results within 15 minutes to help prevent virus spread among our workforce. This testing precedes a downward trend among our workforce lodge population for active COVID-19 cases, with zero positive test results achieved in early June. COVID-19 vaccines are continuing to be offered at workforce lodges, including second doses, to help protect our workforce and the communities in which we work.