DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – At the recent Peace River Regional District meeting (PRRD) TransCanada presented an update for Council to the work that will proceed with the construction of the Coastal Gas Link.
This was the first presentation made since the final investment decision, it was shared by TransCanada that it has not been a quiet start to the year. With the activities to block the movement towards construction south of Houston on the Morice River Bridge. “We absolutely never wanted it to get to this point,” said Kiel Giddens, Public Affairs, British Columbia. Giddens goes on to share a solution was reached and now work can commence, the Company is proud of the relationships they have built and wants this to be a safe project that offers economic benefits to the community by being a supportive community member.
The project will start in the Ground Birch area of the Peace Region with a compressor building. The first two sections of the eight construction sections take place in the PRRD. The work will be done by the Surerus Murphy Joint Venture during summer and winter construction.
The presentation shares that 2019 is about creating access by clearing in order to start construction. Surerus will be starting in February by creating new access roads, clearing activities and clearing for the Sukunka River Camp, which will be located on clear cut back land.
The Sukunka Camp will be the most used camp as it will run for the three seasons. This year the camp will house 300 workers. In 2020 they forsee 700 workers and in 2021 peaking at 600 workers.
There will be a camp in Chetwynd on private land needed for one construction season in 2020 with a peak of 700 workers. These camps were awarded to Civeo and BlackDiamond. Before these camps become available workers will receive their Living out Allowance to stay in Chetwynd and Dawson Creek hotels which should be 80- 85 workers.
The camps will be self-contained including rooms that have their own washrooms, laundry, gym, kitchens generators, water supply, waste handling, security, and medical to decrease the demand on community services.
TransCanada’s presentation shared there will be two stockpile locations ready to accept pipe in Chetwynd and near Sunkunka, brought in by train, then delivered to get the materials closer to work areas.
TransCanada held economic summits as an opportunity for businesses to meet the contractors on the project. They reported they had successful turnouts and working with the Chamber of Commerce in the areas of Chetwynd and Dawson Creek has helped to get locals on board.
TransCanada shared they are proud partners with communities and organizations by investing 8 million in community initiatives and 3 million in skills training and education, such as new welding booths at the new training centre at the Northern Lights College.
Moving into construction 2500 direct jobs will be created with 400 million in subcontracting opportunities locally. TransCanada says they are a long term community partner and taxpayer to the region paying 21 million in property taxes across Northern BC.
Once all construction workers leave, the land is returned back to the most practical natural state with a 10 metre opening for maintenance. TransCanada wants to be accountable for being environmentally responsible and a safe project
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