Coastal GasLink selects Aecon to build compressor and metre stations in Canada

WCN Editorial Team 20 Jul 2020 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Coastal GasLink, a project company owned by TC Energy, has selected Aecon for the construction of the Wilde Lake Compressor and Meter Stations and the Kitimat Meter Station in British Columbia, Canada.

The compressor and metre stations will act as the anchor points of the 670km long natural gas pipeline, which is expected to move about 2.1 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas with the potential to move up to up to 5bcf/d, depending on the number of compressor and metre facilities.

The announcement comes right before the summer launch of the programme and will see the first pipe being put on the ground as early as this month.

The compressor and metre station facilities are seen as the key pieces of infrastructure and components of the natural gas pipeline, as they ensure that the natural gas will move through the pipeline safely and efficiently.

The initial phase of the project will include the Wilde Lake Compressor and Meter Stations and the Kitimat Meter Station.

Aecon Group president and CEO Jean-Louis Servranckx said: “This project award underscores Aecon’s reputation as a preferred contractor with key clients and demonstrates our recognized expertise delivering a diverse range of critical infrastructure projects through Aecon’s Industrial operating sector.

“Aecon is currently working in a joint venture on Spreads 3 and 4 of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline project and we look forward to safely and successfully delivering this crucial part of the project.”

Construction, which will begin this month, is expected to have a gradual ramp-up of work across the route over the coming weeks and months, reaching peak activity in September.

Coastal GasLink president David Pfeiffer said: “We are pleased to welcome Aecon to our high-quality team of prime contractors that’s been assembled to safely and effectively deliver this world-class project.

“Aecon brings a wealth of experience constructing pipeline facilities, and similar to our pipeline contractors, they share our commitment to creating an extraordinary legacy of safety and respect for all people, communities and the environment.”

In the coming weeks, the work will focus on environmental monitoring and fieldwork, grading, grubbing and establishing workforce accommodation to position the project for pipe assembly and installation later in the summer.

Delivery of the pipes will also continue with pipe stringing and the pipe assembly could also begin in this month at multiple areas across the project, although the first in-field pipeline weld took place earlier this month in Kitimat.

As many as 1,700 workers are expected to join the work which will begin in this month and the number is expected to reach up to 2,500 by the end of August.

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Artist’s rendering of the Compressor and Meter Stations at Coastal Gaslink pipeline. (Credit: Aecon.)

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