Coastal GasLink look back on a year of milestones

Coastal GasLink reached several milestones throughout 2021, including 50 per cent overall completion of the pr…

Coastal GasLink reached several milestones throughout 2021, including 50 per cent overall completion of the project.

The project hit many milestones through busy construction seasons in the summer and fall, according to its December construction update.

CGL celebrated its most recent milestone on December 3rd, following the fabrication and delivery of all pipeline assemblies to its storage facilities. In total, 31 48-inch block valves along with associated assembly piping, 259 3-D elbows and 87 test heads and caps were shipped.

This year saw the completion of the Murray River and Sukunka River Horizontal Directional Drilling trenchless water crossing as well as the Burnt River and Salmon River Direct Pipe Installations.

Of the nine trenchless crossings needed for the project, seven are now completed.

The 48 inch Murray River pipe, the largest of its kind for TC Energy, was installed on June 11th. A 1.3-kilometre section of pipe was pulled through the Murray River, one of the heaviest pipe pulls accomplished in North America, said CGL.

The Kitimat Meter Station was also completed in June, with zero safety or environmental incidents, said CGL.

Crews also completed the access road to the top of Icy Pass, which is the highest elevation point on the project route.

“To cap off a very successful summer construction season, on July 20th, we marked the safe completion of the road to the top of Cable Crane Hill, establishing this critical access for construction nine days ahead of schedule,” said the December update.

CGL says in 2021, over $1.6 million was provided to support wildlife protection through its Build Strong community giving program.

“Our community giving included supporting the purchase of a spray park for Chetwynd and District Recreational Centre and helping Nikanese Wah tzee Stewardship Society’s caribou population recovery program.”

As of December 16th, the overall project is about 57.7 per cent complete, with 4,688 workers along the route as of November 30th.

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