This month, construction on Coastal GasLink surpassed 84% overall completion, keeping us on track to complete Canada’s first direct path to delivering LNG to global markets by the end of 2023. This incredible progress is due in part to the rapid pace of pipe installation activities in Section 2 and Section 5, which are both nearing 100% of all pipe being installed.
Sections 1 and 4 reached 100% pipe installation last year, and with Sections 2 and 5 not far behind, we anticipate that by springtime, half of all sections will have achieved 100% pipe install milestones.
With more than 510 kms of pipe installed to date, including the completion of our compression and metering facilities in Kitimat and at Wilde Lake, the Coastal GasLink team is advancing plans to ensure the safe operation of the pipeline when construction is complete.
Each and every pipeline weld will be inspected with ultrasonic inspection technology, in addition to using standard x-ray inspections tools. We will also test the integrity of the pipeline segment beyond its maximum operating pressure so that it can safely accept gas into the system.
As crews prepare for spring breakup - the time of year when field construction work is reduced due to soft, thawing ground conditions caused by melting snow, we are making significant headway to ensure critical in-stream works are complete before thawing conditions set in, while keeping erosion and sediment control (ESC) measures top of mind.
Read our full February construction update.
It’s been a snowy winter in northern British Columbia, which means avalanche risk prevention and mitigation is top of mind for crews working on steep slopes. Across our project route, Field Avalanche Technicians monitor snow levels and temperature daily and test the stability of the snowpack to determine if it’s safe for crews to proceed. From rescheduling crews to removing snow, the safest option is always taken. Check out this shot from last year of Field Avalanche Technicians on top of Burnt Mountain checking on snow levels.