Pipe stringing work in Section 4. (Coastal GasLink photo/Lakes District News)

Pipe stringing work in Section 4. (Coastal GasLink photo/Lakes District News)

Pipe installation begins from south of Burns Lake to north of Vanderhoof

Coastal Gas Link’s November update indicates 528 additional workers

Pipe installation work has begun in section 5 of the pipeline, which stretches from south of Burns Lake to north of Vanderhoof.

The work progress comes on the heels of the contractor change that happened in October on the section, when Coastal GasLink (CGL) quietly replaced the main contractor Macro Spiecapag Joint Venture (MSJV) to Pacific Atlantic Pipeline Construction (PAPC).

According to a TC Energy spokesperson, PAPC agreed to assume construction responsibility for Section 5 in addition to their current scope which includes pipeline construction for Sections 6 and 7.

The installation work has also meant an increase in the workforce staying at the Rock Lake Lodge, the accomodation dedicated to workers for section 5. The workforce has gone up from 87 in October to 113 as per the November update.

ALSO READ: PAPC takes over section 5 of the pipeline from MSJV

Workforce has increased on other sections as well, with 494 workers at 7 Mile Lodge for section 6 from south of Burns Lake to south of Houston; an increase from last month’s 425 workers.

The Huckleberry Lodge for Section 7 that stretches from south of Houston to north of Morice Lake, is now up and running, with 105 workers currently at the lodge, according to the November update.

A total of 528 new workers are now in the field, taking total workforce beyond 4,000 in November.

Currently, grading is underway in six of the eigt sections of the pipeline with Section 3 joining in Grading work in October.

In section 5, clearing has been completed, 24 per cent grading has already been completed with 1.3 per cent pipe installed. The report also points out that in the coming days and months, increase in traffic can be expected, from the pipe storage sites in order to transport the pipe for installation.

Section 6, which stretches from south of Burns Lake to south of Houston, has completed 99 per cent clearing activities and 33 per cent grading. 7.7 per cent of the pipe has also been installed in this section, including stringing and backfilling. In the upcoming days and months, while the work on the pipe installation will continue here, drone and controlled blasting activities would also be done according to the report.

The pipeline has been under construction for almost 19 months now, with the company aiming to start testing for natural gas transportation just over two years from now.

Priyanka Ketkar
Multimedia journalist


Like us on Facebook and follows us on Twitter.

Coastal GasLink

Just Posted

The Binche Fishing Derby at Stuart Lake is fast approaching. (Binche Fishing Derby Facebook photo)
Binche shares excitement for upcoming fishing derby

“It’s more than just fishing,” says Dave Birdi

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Local youth vaccination clinics underway

Pfizer vaccine will be used

Priya Sharma. (Submitted)
Column: Why ultimatums don’t work

By Priya Sharma It is a common misconception that people can choose… Continue reading

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Patrick O’Brien, a 75-year-old fisherman, went missing near Port Angeles Thursday evening. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)
Search for lost fisherman near Victoria suspended, U.S. Coast Guard says

The 75-year-old man was reported missing Thursday evening

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Culling cutlines, not B.C. wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

The government has turned to killing hundreds of wolves in an effort to keep caribou around

Gary Abbott (left) and Louis De Jaeger were two of the organizers for the 2014 Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack. Monday, June 21, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 20 to 26

Indigenous Peoples Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Onion Rings Day all coming up this week

Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)
‘She was a killer’: The B.C. woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

Central Okanagan Grade 12 grads are set to get $500 each after a more than $1 million donation from a Kelowna couple. (File photo)
B.C. couple donating $500 to every Grade 12 student in the Okanagan

Anonymous donors identified as Kelowna entrepreneurs Lance and Tammy Torgerson

Rita Coolidge played the main stage at Vancouver Island Musicfest in 2017. (Black Press file photo)
This year’s Vancouver Island MusicFest to virtually showcase beauty of Comox Valley

Returning July 9 through 11 with more than 25 hours of music performances

British Columbia’s premier says he’s received a second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. (Twitter/John Horgan)
B.C. premier gets 2nd dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

John Horgan shared a photo of himself on social media Friday afternoon holding a completed vaccination card

Most Read