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    Canada’s Coastal GasLink nears 60% completion


Work continues to lag in contentious Wet'suwet'en territory. [Image: Coastal GasLink]

by: Dale Lunan

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Canada’s Coastal GasLink nears 60% completion

The C$6.6bn (US$5.2bn) Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline across BC is now nearly 60% complete, sponsor TC Energy said in a January 25 construction update.

The pipeline, which will supply 2.1bn ft3/day of feed gas from fields in the northeast part of the province to the Shell-led LNG Canada project under construction near Kitimat, on BC’s northern coast, reported 4,105 workers at various sites along the 670-km right-of-way as of December 31, 2021. Overall progress (which includes all engineering, procurement and construction activities) stands at 59.2%, while construction progress is at 48.8%, the update says.

Section 1, a 92-km spread between Groundbirch and south of Chetwynd, has seen 98.6% of line pipe installed, while Section 4, a 93-km spread northwest of Prince George, has installed 99.7% of pipe. Both sections report 100% completion of required clearing and grading.

In addition, CGL has demobilised its second largest workforce accommodation centre, Vanderhoof Lodge in Section 4, which at its peak housed more than 869 workers. Nearly 1,100 workers are currently housed at Parsnip Lodge, in Section 3.

Despite progress on most other sections of the nine-spread project, CGL continues to struggle in Section 7, where ongoing protester activity and RCMP enforcement of a court injunction barring hereditary Wet’suwet’en protesters is slowing work. As of January 1, clearing of the sections 78-km right-of-way was 96.6% complete, but only 11.2% of grading was complete.

And in Section 8, which has been split into two spreads due to the rugged terrain through the Coast mountain range, CGL recently completed the installation of a crane system on Cable Crane Hill that will transport materials from km-post 623.5 to km-post 625.05 of the right-of-way, a short section which includes an elevation gain of 660 metres.