Surerus, Macro joint ventures selected for Coastal GasLink pipeline build

The Surerus Murphy and Macro Spiecapag joint ventures are two of four contractors selected to build the Coastal GasLink pipeline, it was announced Tuesday.

TransCanada says it has conditionally awarded the contracts pending a positive final investment decision for the LNG Canada project.

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“The selection of our construction team is an important milestone for the Coastal GasLink project,” Rick Gateman, president of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project, said in a news release.

“The project will create significant employment opportunities for Indigenous communities in Northern B.C. as well as local skilled labourers and businesses."

Approved for construction by the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission in 2016, the 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline would bring gas from the Groundbirch area to the LNG Canada facility in Kitimat.

Also selected for building the pipeline are the SA Energy Group and Pacific Atlantic Pipeline Construction Inc.

The value of the four contracts will total approximately $2.8 billion, TransCanada said. The total project is an estimated $4.8 billion.

The contractors were chosen based on safety and environmental principles, as well as their financial strength, technical expertise, and competitiveness, the company said.

The Surerus Murphy JV will be building the first two spreads of the project starting in Groundbirch, and stretching 150 kilometres.

"It's another piece of recognition of the skillset of our people and people from Northern B.C.," said Sean Surerus, president.

The section of work will require between 500 and 600 workers, Surerus said, who will be recruited locally and from across Canada.

In a news release, the Macro Spiecapag JV announced it would be responsible for 166 kilometres of pipeline construction, with its contract value estimated at $900 million.

“We are thrilled to be working with our joint venture partner, Spiecapag, on this very technically challenging pipeline project," Frank Miles, president and CEO, said in a statement.

"The economic benefits of this project will serve to provide numerous subcontracting opportunities for local and indigenous businesses, direct employment for over 900 personnel, and growth to the economy with development of new markets for Canadian gas. As a British Columbian based company, we are proud to be part of this ambitious project.”

The pipeline would see 2,500 workers hired over a four year construction period, with local and indigenous hiring a priority, according to TransCanada.

"Our pipeline, connecting prolific Northeast B.C. gas to high value, international end-use markets via the LNG Canada liquefaction facility in Kitimat, will allow British Columbians and Canadians alike the opportunity to more effectively benefit from the responsible development of our valuable natural gas resources," Gateman said.

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[Updated to clarify estimated cost of the project at $4.8 billion.]

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