Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project, Canada

WestCoast Connector Gas Transmission Project

Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project is a new natural gas transportation system proposed to be built by Spectra energy and BG Group, in British Columbia (BC), Canada. The $8bn project will supply the natural gas originating from north-east BC to BG Group's liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Prince Rupert on the northwest coast.

The project will also connect with Spectra Energy system at Station 2 (south-west of Fort St John), which collects natural gas from different regions in Western Canada.

"Construction on the project is expected to be completed by 2020."

The project will help in developing British Columbia's natural gas market and benefit the region through job creation, investments, economic growth, and competitiveness.

Construction on the project is expected to be completed by 2020.

Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project details

The project includes construction of a 525-mile (850km) pipeline with varying diameters of 48in and 42in to transport up to 4.2 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas to meet the growing demand for natural gas and provide the required capacity of a proposed LNG terminal on BC West Coast.

The project will consist of up to two pipelines with a 750km-long, 48in diameter onshore pipeline with up to 60,000HP at five compressor stations within a single corridor, which also include 25 onshore trenchless crossings (HDD, micro tunnel, aerial) and one tunnel, and an offshore pipe of roughly 110km-long and 42in in diameter.

The pipeline along the route (K1 through K5) will have five compressor stations. The K1 station will be located at the start of the pipeline route, while station sites K2 to K4 are at optimal hydraulic points and K5 site location depends upon the route option. K5a will be located at kitsault upland of the shore approach into Alice Arm and K5b will be located upland of the shore approach into Nasoga gulf.

Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project timelines

The proposed project's description was filed with the British Columbia's Environmental Assessment office in October 2012 and the Application Information Requirements were approved in September 2013.

The application for an environmental assessment certificate was filed in March 2014 and the same was accepted for review in May 2014. The project finally received the environmental assessment certificate from the British Columbia government in 25 November 2014.

Contractors involved

FLUOR is the prime engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance (EPCM) contractor for the project.

Benefits of the gas transmission project

The project is expected to generate more than 4,000 jobs during the construction phase and between 50 and 60 permanent jobs during operational phase.

It will support the local businesses by creating demand for range of goods and services, which may include heavy industrial equipment, catering, hotel rooms, and office supplies. It is further expected to contribute more than $23m towards taxation revenue, which will fund key public services such as healthcare, education, and social welfare.

The project is also expected to protect the environment by making surplus natural gas available to the Asian markets and promoting the use of clean burning natural gas as energy source.