Canada’s Coastal GasLink nearing 70% completion
Coastal GasLink (CGL), the 670-km pipeline project that will deliver 2.1bn ft3/day of natural gas to the LNG Canada export terminal on BC’s northern coast, said August 28 it was nearing 70% completion, with nearly 6,000 workers employed along the right-of-way.
Overall progress (engineering, procurement and construction) on the pipeline is rated at 69%, with construction progress at 62.8%, CGL said in its August construction update. As of the end of July, 5,706 workers were listed across the length of the pipeline right-of-way.
The Wilde Lake compressor station, at the start of the pipeline west of Dawson Creek, is nearing 90% completion, while the 3.2-km Groundbirch Connector pipeline, which will allow for future additional gas supplies into Wilde Lake, has seen all pipe installed, with clean-up and reclamation work continuing.
Two of eight construction spreads are reporting 100% pipe installation, but Section 7, across disputed Wet’suwet’en traditional territory south of Houston, in central BC, has yet to see any pipe installed, although clearing is approaching 97% completion and about 31% of the 77-km spread has been graded.
In July, TC Energy, which owns 30% of CGL alongside KKR, settled a dispute with the LNG Canada consortium which threatened to delay completion of the pipeline. The pipeline, now carrying an estimated cost of C$11.6bn (US$8.9bn), is expected to be mechanically complete by the end of next year.