FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Spectra Energy has begun construction of the Jackfish Lake Pipeline Expansion project after the National Energy Board approved the project last month.
Spectra Energy spokesperson Jesse Semko says that the NEB approved the project, subject to conditions, on July 15th. On August 12th, Semko says that the NEB approved the steps that Spectra will take to meet its conditions. He added that construction began on the pipeline expansion on August 18th.
The Jackfish Lake expansion project will add two loop sections of pipeline paralleling the existing Fort St. John mainline pipeline, between Taylor and Chetwynd, providing an additional local area transportation capacity to Spectra’s existing system.
The first segment starts on the south side of the Peace River near Taylor, and runs for 13 kilometres towards the southwest.
The second segment begins at the Pine River, running for a further 23 kilometres and ending northeast of Chetwynd.
The 36-inch pipelines will add 137.5 million cubic feet per day to the capacity of Spectra’s pipeline network in BC.
To accommodate the increased volume of gas, the project will include the addition of a new compressor unit at Compressor Station One, and possibly modifications to Compressor Station two.
Semko says that construction of the expansion project will employ 50 workers at the outset, with a roughly 400 working on the project at its peak.
The project is expected to be complete sometime in the first quarter of 2017.