Coastal GasLink to begin laying LNG Canada pipeline

TC Energy-led Coastal GasLink is to start laying a giant pipeline that will supply natural gas to the Shell-led LNG Canada project in July.

Coastal GasLink is building a 667-kilometer-long pipeline worth about C$6.6 billion.

The pipeline will move at least 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas with the potential for delivery of up to 5 bcf/d from the Dawson Creek area to the LNG Canada facility in Kitimat, British Columbia.

Coastal GasLink said it has selected Toronto-based Aecon Group as prime contractor for construction of the compressor and metering stations. These facilities will become the anchor points of the giant pipeline.

The initial phase of the project includes the Wilde Lake compressor station and the Kitimat meter station.

Construction of the Wilde Lake facility will kick off in July 2020, as part of the company’s summer construction program,

Work across the route will gradually ramp up over the coming months, in advance of peak activity in September.

“Work over the coming weeks will focus on environmental monitoring and field work, grading, grubbing and workforce accommodation”, the company said.

This is to position the project for pipe assembly and installation later this summer.

Pipe deliveries will also continue with pipe stringing and assembly starting early July in multiple areas across the project.

According to Coastal GasLink, the project’s first in-field pipeline weld took place in Kitimat earlier this month.

The pipeline operator added that with this work comes additional workforce requirements, ultimately growing to over 2,500 by September.

Coastal GasLink announced a positive final investment decision to build the pipeline following a go-ahead from its partner, LNG Canada, on October 2, 2018.

Besides Shell, LNG Canada partners include Malaysia’s Petronas, PetroChina, Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation and Kogas of South Korea.

The joint venture of JGC-Fluor Corporation is the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

LNG Canada will initially build two trains with a capacity to produce 14 million tonnes of LNG per year.

The project, worth more than $30 billion, is one of the largest megaprojects in Canadian history.

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