Coastal GasLink: All pipe installation has been completed

Crews did the ‘golden weld’ at the final length of pipe earlier this month.

The final weld is done on the last section of pipe for the Coastal GasLink Project. – TC Energy

Key Takeaways:

  • The final weld was done near Kitimat, B.C.
  • The milestone was achieved after five years of construction.
  • The work is the last step before mechanical completion which the team says is well on track for their year-end target.

The Whole Story:

After five years of construction, the Coastal GasLink project has achieved 100% pipe installation across the entire project route, connecting northeastern B.C. to LNG Canada’s facility on the west coast. 

The final “golden weld” took place at the base of Cable Crane Hill in Section 8 West near Kitimat, B.C. earlier this month.

With that weld, all 670km of pipe has been welded, coated, lowered into the trench, tested, and backfilled. From the Wilde Lake Compressor Station near Dawson Creek to the Metering Station in Kitimat, physical construction on the project is now complete.

The work is the last step before mechanical completion which the team says is well on track for their year-end target.

While completion activities advance, the Coastal GasLink said its team continues to work on clean-up and reclamation along the route, including time sensitive work that must take place prior to the onset of winter. 

Cable Crane Hill in Section 8 require specialized equipment to install pipe in difficult terrain. – TC Energy

This work will continue post mechanical completion and commissioning and also factors in erosion and sediment control (ESC) measures as required to protect the environment and meet commitments. Following mechanical completion, the team will be planning the introduction of gas.

The pipeline is designed to deliver 2.1 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas with the potential to deliver up to 5 bcf/d, through additional compression along the route.

The project runs from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada facility in Kitimat, B.C. From there, LNG Canada will prepare the gas for export to global markets by converting the gas to a liquefied state (LNG).


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