Mar 29 2023

Bringing Coastal GasLink’s “beating heart” to life – Wilde Lake Compressor Station sees gas for the first time

Posted by Coastal GasLink

Significant milestone brings Coastal GasLink one step closer to delivering critical Canadian LNG to world markets

Significant milestone brings Coastal GasLink one step closer to delivering critical Canadian LNG to world markets

Coastal GasLink achieved a critical milestone this week, paving the way to support the delivery of reliable, sustainable, made-in-Canada LNG to world markets at a time they need it most.

Coastal GasLink’s Wilde Lake Compressor Station, which achieved mechanical completion earlier this year, is officially ready to receive natural gas.


Affectionately known as the “beating heart” of Coastal GasLink, the Wilde Lake facility serves as the starting point for the 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline in eastern British Columbia.

“This is an incredible milestone for TC Energy and Coastal GasLink, as we make steady progress on construction of Canada’s first LNG pipeline, having recently surpassed 85% overall completion,” said Bevin Wirzba, President, Coastal GasLink. 

The introduction of gas at Wilde Lake demonstrates the significant strides we are making on our path to supporting the delivery of Canada’s first LNG shipment to global markets by mid-decade.”

Bevin Wirzba
President, Coastal GasLink

Leading technology and world-class expertise

Introducing natural gas into the system is part of the commissioning process to ensure each weld, valve, pipe and wire has been installed properly and it is safe to transition into its operational phase. As the starting point of the pipeline, natural gas is first introduced at Wilde Lake in preparation as other components of the world-class energy infrastructure are completed.

“Coastal GasLink was designed and is being built with leading technology and TC Energy’s world-class expertise, and Wilde Lake is an example of how the Project has benefitted from the incredible support and valuable input from our customers, Indigenous partners and local communities,” said Carol Anne Bransby-Williams, Director, Facilities Implementation & Cedar Link.

Together, we set a very high bar for safety and environmental protection, and I am so proud of the team and the best-in-class infrastructure we have built.”

Carol Anne Bransby-Williams
Director, Facilities Implementation & Cedar Link

Connecting to global markets

When Coastal GasLink is fully operational, LNG Canada’s Joint Venture partners will connect the natural gas they have sourced into the Wilde Lake facility where it will be measured, compressed and sent safely on its way through the pipeline to Kitimat, B.C. From there, it will liquefied by LNG Canada and placed on specially designed vessels destined for oversea markets.

Receiving gas into the Wilde Lake facility speaks to the significant progress being made to bring the Coastal GasLink project safely over the finish line. As construction progresses throughout 2023, many more milestones will be achieved and celebrated by workers, contractors and Indigenous and local communities, as together, we remain focused on creating a lasting legacy for decades to come.

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