Spectra Energy gives update on projects to City of Fort St. John

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Jay Morrison – Lead, Government and Community Relations with Spectra Energy gave a update to Fort St. John City Council today regarding projects currently in the works.

Today, nearly 80% of the natural gas produced in the province goes through Spectra Energy. Spectra Energy also has 675 employees in the province.

Spectra Energy currently has 405 employees who live as well as work in the Fort St. John area.

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The breakdown is as follows:

  • Charlie Lake (employees) 198
  • Charlie Lake (contractors) 60
  • McMahon/Taylor (employees) 128
  • McMahon/Taylor (contractors) 19

They gave updates on numerous projects currently taking shape.


Boundary Lake is going through pipeline upgrades and maintenance work. They will be replacing the following segments along the pipeline route:

  • ― 1.8 km, 16-inch segment
    ― 690 m, 16-inch segment
    ― 405 m, 16-inch segment
    ― 400 m, 16-inch segment
    ― 400 m, 16-inch segment

Pre-construction field work is planned for late 2016. Construction is scheduled to begin in the second of quarter of 2017 with a return-to-service date in the third quarter of 2017 according to the Energy company.


Spectra Energy will conduct a planned integrity inspection at the McMahon Gas Plant in Taylor. Work will include:


  • Equipment and facility integrity inspections
  • Pressure vessel inspections
  • Pressure safety valve inspections
  • Piping inspections
  • Other maintenance work

The work for this project is scheduled to take place in June of 2017.


Septimus will see pipeline replacement as well as maintenance work. Work will include:

  • Replace select pipeline segment ― 630 m, 30-inch segment
  • Undertake other maintenance work
  • Remove deactivated piping
  • Reinstall sales tap and valves

The project scope for this project is still being finalized. Construction is scheduled to commence in the 3rd quarter of 2017.

Also of note was the recent merger between Spectra and Enbridge.


“Spectra Energy and Enbridge will continue to operate as separate, independent companies until the transaction closes, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2017.”

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