FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Coastal GasLink project hit a significant milestone in early June as construction across the route ramps up for summer.

The Coastal GasLink monthly construction update was released on June 18th, providing details on each project section.

The entire project is broken up into eight sections. Section one covers a 92-kilometre path from west of Dawson Creek to the south of Chetwynd.

In section one, the route has been fully cleared and graded, and 72 per cent of the pipeline has been installed as of June 18th.

Section one was also the site of the Murray River Horizontal Directional Drill pipe installation, completed on June 11th. The 48 inch HDD is the largest of its kind for TC Energy, according to the monthly construction update.

A 1.3-kilometre section of pipe was pulled through the Murray River, one of the heaviest pipe pulls accomplished in North America, says Coastal GasLink.

“Workers navigated an additional challenge of steep slopes on both sides of this water crossing, requiring a higher angle of entry and exit for the HDD,” says a release.

As work continues this summer, workers will continue onsite pipe and steel structure installations, and the Wilde Lake Compressor Station will be raised.

The Kitimat Meter Station is expected to be complete by the end of June. On May 30th, the site completed its fourth hydro test.

According to a release, hydro testing is the sixth stage of a seven-stage process of facility construction.

The overall project is about 43.9 per cent complete, with 1,627 workers along the route as of May 31st.