Coastal GasLink Pipeline
The Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project involves the construction and operation of an approximately 650 kilometre natural gas pipeline from the Groundbirch area near Dawson Creek, B.C. to the proposed LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export facility near Kitimat, B.C. The proposed pipeline would involve construction with 48-inch (1219 mm) diameter pipe, in addition to the construction and operation of up to three meter stations and one compressor station in the initial build. The initial capacity would be approximately 2.0-2.6 billion cubic feet/day of natural gas capacity, with an expansion capability of 3.6 billion cubic feet/day.
About This Project
Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. is proposing to develop an approximately 650 kilometre provincially regulated pipeline to safely deliver natural gas from the Groundbirch area, near Dawson Creek, B.C., to the LNG Canada gas liquefaction facility proposed to be developed by Shell Canada Ltd. and its partners near Kitimat, B.C. Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada PipeLines Limited.
At the onset of the project we established a “conceptual corridor” based on aerial inspection, mapping and available desktop information. Starting in the summer of 2012, Coastal GasLink worked to refine the route by reviewing constructability, analyzing environmental data, and engaging communities. The Project team held numerous meetings with First Nations, local governments, landowners, other land users and community residents, to learn about their interests related to the pipeline route. We made adjustments to the corridor based on this input, and narrowed our focus to a two-kilometre-wide “study corridor.”
During 2013, we sent hundreds of scientists, engineers and technicians into the field to walk the corridor, test rocks and soils, study rivers and streams, and learn about regional plant and animal life. Aboriginal community members have assisted us in facilitating the collection of traditional ecological knowledge as part of the environmental field studies. Using the information we have gathered, we have developed a proposed pipeline route. This route is intended to minimize potential adverse environmental and social effects, while allowing for efficient and safe pipeline construction and operation. Our route proposal is part of our 2014 application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office, and our application to the BC Oil and Gas Commission.
• Coastal GasLink was launched on June 5, 2012 with Aboriginal and community engagement beginning immediately thereafter.
• Coastal GasLink has conducted over 175,000 hours to date of environmental field work on or near the proposed pipeline route studying; aquatic habitat, wildlife, terrain, soils, vegetation and wetlands, atmospheric environment, hydrology, archaeological resources, traditional ecological knowledge and timber.
• Coastal GasLink also gathered information about current and traditional land use, social and economic conditions, as well as community and First Nation priorities along the proposed route.
• Coastal GasLink will provide approximately $20.88 million a year in property tax benefits in B.C., based on current tax rates. That means more available government funds to address community plans and infrastructure needs both locally and provincially. (i.e. Fire and police, school districts, hospital districts, waste management)
• Coastal GasLink believes in making a positive difference where we live and work by being a good neighbor and a dependable, trusted community partner. To date we’ve invested more than $200,000 in support of Aboriginal and local initiatives in communities related to our Project.
• Coastal GasLink will provide contracting and employment opportunities to qualified local and Aboriginal businesses and individuals near the proposed route.
o Coastal GasLink is estimating 2,000 to 2,500 jobs during construction (approximately 16,803 – 37,000 full-time person years of direct employment).
o It is anticipated 16 to 35 permanent field positions will be created to support ongoing operations and maintenance once the Project is operational. This will involve a variety of positions including technical, administrative, safety, land, community relations, and leadership roles.
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The Project construction cost is estimated at over $4 billion. An additional $42 million will be spent mainly in B.C. each year once the pipeline is in operation. Coastal GasLink will also provide approximately $20.88 million a year in property tax benef
Estimated Project Start Date
Pending regulatory approval, start of construction is anticipated to begin by the end of 2015
Estimated Completion Date
The start of Coastal GasLink operations will be timed to serve the proposed LNG Canada facility in Kitimat, B.C., and is expected to be in-service by the end of the decade
Rachel Kulasa Community Relations
Coastal GasLink, TransCanada
Director of Economic Development
District of Kitimat