An overview of Coastal Gaslink work in the Peace River region

The Coastal Gaslink project will begin with one compressor station at Wilde Lake in Groundbirch to the LNG Canada Facility in Kitimat. If the LNG Canada Facility is expanded in the future, further compressor stations could be built.

The workload is split into eight sections — of which, sections one and two fall in the Peace Region. Surerus Murphy is the contractor for these two sections. (Surerus Murphy is a joint venture between Fort St. John-based Surerus Pipeline and J. Murphy & Sons, headquartered in London, UK).

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“Talking about our 2019 construction program, this is really all about getting access to the right of way, so the facilities, the actual pipeline construction work will be taking place more in 2020. This 2019 work has a lot to do with clearing mostly and building the access roads that we require,” says Catie O’Neal, Public Affairs, Western Canada with TransCanada.

Work was slated to begin February in Section 1 in Chetwynd, while the schedule says first work in Section 2 begins in late June for access.

The two main camps in sections 1 and 2 are the Sukunka River camp about 40 km southwest of Chetwynd, which would be used over three construction seasons, and the Chetwynd camp which is about 6.5 km south of Chetwynd.

From July to December 2019, the Sukunka camp would peak at about 300 workers, from May to December 2019, peaking at 700 workers, and in May to November 2021 600. The Chetwynd camp will see one construction season — May to November 2020 — with a peak of approximately 700 workers.

A third, smaller camp — the Headwall camp — will be just for drilling activities, about 60 to 100 workers, for the three summer construction seasons.

Civeo and Black Diamond are the camp contractors for the project.

“There as self-contained as possible, so we’re not drawing on the resources of the municipalities or the Regional District wherever we can,” says O’Neal.

There are two stockpile locations in the PRRD sections, one about 10 km west of Chetwynd, and one at the Sukunka River camp.

“After the construction crews have gone away, most of the work area is returned to its previous state as much is practical, with a narrow corridor of 10 metres left open for maintenance,” says Kiel Giddens Public Affairs Manager, British Columbia for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project.

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