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    Canada’s CGL pipeline sees workforce double


Kitimat meter station complete, housing provided to support wildfire fighters

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Canada’s CGL pipeline sees workforce double

The number of workers across the eight construction spreads of the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline project in BC mushroomed to more than 3,400 in June as summer work on the 670-km conduit that will bring gas to the LNG Canada project at Kitimat ramped up, according to a July 22 construction update.

In its latest construction update, CGL said 3,403 workers were on-site as of the end of June, more than double the 1,627 counted at the end of May.

“With more workers on site, we have seen a steady increase in all aspects of construction, including pipe that has been laid across the project,” the update said. “There was a substantial ramp up of large bore piping installation at the Wilde Lake compressor station and the Mt Merrick lodge opened its doors.”

Another milestone in June was the final completion of the Kitimat meter station, CGL’s first fully-completed facility. At the end of June, overall progress on the pipeline was at 44.8%, while construction progress stood at 28.8%, up from 43.9% and 27.2%, respectively, at the end of May.

CGL also said it is working with the BC Wildfire Service to support crews fighting more than 250 wildfires across the province. It has opened its 7 Mile and Little Rock Lake workforce lodges to 90 firefighters, and has room for as many as 300, if the need arises.

“The BC Wildfire Service reached out about providing accommodation for their fire crews, and we were proud to be able to provide rooms for the Nisga’a firefighting crew,” said Daren Giesinger, fire warden for Pacific Atlantic Pipeline Construction (PAPC), CGL’s prime contractor for three spreads spanning BC’s northern Interior. “It’s this type of intercommunication that helps ensure safety for all peoples in the area and helps set this project apart.”