Spectra Energy hopes to start Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission line by 2016

Franca Petrucci is the Community Coordinator for Spectra Energy. She was one of the staff members on hand to present to City Council and says the pipeline is over 850 kilometres long

“It’s up to 850 kilometres. We are 50/50 partners with the B.G. Group. It’s planned to be 48 inch pipe on shore, 42 inch pipe off shore,” she says. “It will have a capacity to run 4.2 billion cubic feet per day and right now we are planned the Westcoast Connector Line to service our partner the B.G. group for their proposed facility on Ridley Island, the liquefied natural gas facility.”

The environmental review process has been started with Spectra intending to file an application in March. A final investment decision is expected by 2016 with construction to begin shortly after if all the feedback is positive.

Petrucci says that Spectra Energy hired a Technical Workforce Manager six months ago for the project. The position has resulted in the creation of a vendor registration database. She also adds that the project will create a significant number of jobs during and after construction.

“There is local and aboriginal labour and contracting strategy underway. We have been hosting business and employment open houses in the communities and that will continue to occur,” she states. “There will be significant opportunities for business and employment. We are looking at around 4,000 jobs during construction and 60 direct long term jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs.”

If all goes according to plan the pipeline would be functional by the end of the decade.