Province approves $235M Plateau pipeline project

Key pipeline for Woodfibre LNG also approved

A $235-million pipeline from Wonowon to Taylor and another pipeline that will carry gas to the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant have been granted environmental approval by the B.C. government.

Pembina-owned Plateau Pipeline Ltd.’s Northeast B.C. expansion is set to add 75,000 barrels a day of condensate natural gas liquids to the company’s system, while the Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre Gas pipeline is another step towards constructing B.C.’s first liquefied natural gas export terminal.

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Both projects will require various federal, provincial and local government permits before construction can begin.

The 160-kilometre Plateau Pipeline will run from the Highway 97/Blair Creek area north of Wonowon to an existing terminal in Taylor. The company has noted that the project would reduce traffic on area roads by up to 100 trucks per day.

“The liquids-rich Montney formation in northeastern BC is experiencing unprecedented growth, with condensate and natural gas volumes projected to rise substantially in the near term,” spokesman Jason Fydirchuk said. 

“A current lack of liquids transportation in this area has created strong demand for a pipeline solution. The pipeline will deliver the product into Pembina’s storage terminal in Taylor, BC, where it could be shipped elsewhere along Pembina’s transportation network, such as the Edmonton-area marketplace.”

The pipeline still needs approval from the Oil and Gas Commission, but Pembina hopes to begin construction this September with commissioning in the second half of 2017, Fydirchuk said. The project is valued at $235 million, $83 million of which will be spent in the region, Fydirchuk said. 

Surerus Pipeline has been selected as the main contractor for the work and is set to hold a hiring fair Friday, Aug. 19 at the Pomeroy Hotel in Fort St. John

“During construction, 455 person years of direct employment, 774 person years of indirect employment and 531 person years of induced employment is anticipated,” he said.

Twenty-six legally binding conditions have been applied to the Plateau Pipeline, while Eagle Mountain will need to meet or exceed 30 conditions placed on it by the Ministry of Natural Gas Development.

The conditions on Plateau include protection of moose during construction by restricting activities near calving habitats, a requirement to undertake wetland surveys before beginning construction, protections for old growth forests, measures to help protect endangered plants, and the development of a plan to protect Aboriginal heritage sites.

As for Eagle Mountain, the pipeline’s approval will allow gas drilled near Dawson Creek to reach the $1.8 billion LNG export facility to be located near Howe Sound. 

Conditions for that pipeline include contributing $250,000 towards developing a grizzly bear mitigation and monitoring plan, and using underground trenchless construction methods to reduce impacts on the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area.

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