Should a positive final investment decision go through, the Peace Region will be bustling with activity as construction on the Coastal GasLink pipeline is slated to begin next year.
The pipeline, which will go from the Groundbirch area to Kitimat, is split into eight sections — of which, sections one and two fall in the Peace Region. (Surerus Murphy is the contractor for these two sections).
Trans Canada has been keeping local communities in the loop about their current construction plans.
“Since LNG Canada announced a delay in mid-2016 which is the last time we were looking for a final investment decision, we’ve continued to optimize our execution plan, to optimize our ancillary sites to make this the most effective construction plan we can make,” says Sunny Deol, construction engineer.
In the current set of plans, they say there will be two main camps and a drill camp in the Peace River Regional District.
The Chetwynd camp about 6.5 km south of Chetwynd from the junction of Highway 97 and 29. It will have a peak of 650 workers, which would occur in mid-2020.
The Sukunka River camp, 40 km southwest of Chetwynd, would have a peak of 680 workers in the Fall of 2020.
The drill camp will be located 65 km south of Highway 29, and will be used for initial pioneering activities and drilling activities in mountainous regions. This camp will be “smaller, more contained.”
If the go ahead happens before the end of the year, minor ancillary work will begin in early 2019, with a large portion of work starting with clearing in August of that year.