The first segments of pipe for Coastal GasLink arrived at storage sites in Kitimat and Chetwynd last week in anticipation of construction ramp up later next year.
Deliveries to other areas across the project route will continue through April 2021 by vessel, rail or truck, until it’s needed for assembly and installation. That phase of construction is expected to start next summer and continue through to 2022.
Coastal GasLink president
Constructing a pipeline demands proper planning, design, engineering, and materials procurement to ensure it is completed safely, successfully and on time. Steel pipe is one of the longest lead time items for any pipeline project and it is important that all materials are available for pipeline assembly and installation once site preparation is complete.
Approximately 390,000 tonnes of pipe is required for the 670-kilometre pipeline, with the majority of materials made in Canada, at Evraz in Saskatchewan, to our specifications and high standards. This represents hundreds of millions of dollars spent in Canada.
We value our neighbors and have ensured local communities have up-to-date information about construction activities, including pipe delivery. Our commitment to safety extends to the transportation of the materials required for the project, including pipe. Traffic management and safety plans are in place to minimize any impact to local roads and communities and maximize safety.
Our line pipe suppliers have hired an experienced and specialized transportation company and trucks to meet Coastal GasLink’s high safety standards, including the requirement to be equipped with in-vehicle monitoring to encourage safe driving practices, including speed limits, seat belt use, harsh braking and cornering.
With construction progressing on the Coastal GasLink Project, we are committed to delivering economic benefits across British Columbia. With more than $1 billion in employment and contracting opportunities for Indigenous and local communities, significant benefits are already being realized across the project right-of-way. In fact, nearly 1,000 women and men are currently working on the project to make sure we are ready for mainline construction in 2020.
Want to know what else is happening along the right-of-way? Check out Coastal GasLink’s latest Construction Update.
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