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Coastal GasLink on track to complete this year

With 639 of 670 kilometres of pipe in the ground, $14 billion line nears link-up to Kitimat export terminal
One of the geotechnical challenges of the CGL pipeline is working on steep mountain slopes in northern British Columbia. | CGL

The Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline – subject to delays, cost over-runs and vandalism – is now 91 per cent complete.

The B.C. pipeline will run from Dawson Creek to Kitimat, where it will provide natural gas to the $40 billion LNG Canada project.

Of the 670-kilometres of pipe to be installed, 639-kilometres is now in the ground, Coastal GasLink (CGL) reports. Three of eight sections are completed.

The project has been subject to numerous delays and cost over-runs. Earlier this year, TC Energy announced it now estimated the project would cost $14 billion to finish – up from an original estimate of $6.6 billion.

The biggest delays have been in section seven, south of Houston in the Morice River area. This is the area that was targeted by supporters of some of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation hereditary chiefs who oppose the pipeline. (All elected band councils of the Wet’suwet’en supported the project.)

Work was delayed in that section through roadblocks and occupation camps set up by pipeline opponents. In February 2022, workers in a CGL work camp were attacked by masked, ax-wielding vandals who caused millions of dollars in damage to vehicles and equipment. No charges were ever laid in the attack.

That section is now nearing completion, with 82 per cent of the pipe in the ground.

“With summer construction in full swing, our workforce of nearly 4,800 are focused on safely completing the project while ensuring important environmental management measures are in place,” the company said in its construction update.

CGL says it expects “mechanical completion” of the pipeline by the end of this year.