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We constantly monitor our infrastructure to make sure it’s operating as efficiently as possible. Part of our regular maintenance includes making upgrades to our natural gas lines and managing vegetation to ensure the continued safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers.

 

 Columbia – Kootenay

 
Grand Forks

​To make sure the natural gas system in the Kootenay-Boundary region continues to operate safely reliably for decades to come and meets modern code standards, we are upgrading a four-kilometre natural gas service line in the Grand Forks area from July to October 2016.

Most construction will take place in July and August along an existing natural gas right-of-way between Almond Gardens Road at Kerby Road and Como Road by Cameron Avenue. This work could result in some traffic interruptions. We appreciate the public’s patience and ask that drivers stay alert for construction signs and flaggers in this area.

In October, the public may encounter the smell of rotten eggs, as the new section of pipe is tied into the existing system.

For more information about this project, please contact us at 1-800-773-7001.

Sparwood

​We are placing additional ground cover on approximately 80 metres of lateral natural gas line, including a section that crosses beneath the Elk River. The actual construction involves carefully placing natural materials such as rocks, boulders and soil over the line. When complete, there will be a smooth, uniform bump well below the water line.

The work will take six to eight weeks, starting August 8.

This is a routine part of the work we do to maintain the natural gas system around BC’s many rivers and forests.

We appreciate the public’s patience as we complete construction. We are asking recreational users to avoid the area so we can complete the work as quickly and safely as possible, and if they are in the area, to watch for and follow the instructions on the construction signage.

For more information, call 1-888-224-2710.

 

 Interior and Okanagan

 
Kelowna

Highway 97 widening project

To help support growth in the Okanagan and make an important traffic corridor safer and more efficient, we’re putting our energy to work in Kelowna on the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Highway 97 widening project, a project that also allows us to improve system reliability in the region.

We’ll be contributing in two phases: first, moving a transmission line so the widening work can begin and second, converting four kilometres of overhead distribution line to a safer, more reliable underground line.  This will be the largest overhead to underground conversion project to date in our service area.

Work on the transmission line between Edwards Road and Sexsmith Road is underway now and will continue until mid-May. We will begin construction on the distribution line between Sexsmith Road and Highway 33 this summer and complete the work in early 2017.

We’re working closely with the Ministry and their contractor to complete the project as safely and quickly as possible and to minimize disruptions to the public.

Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

FortisBC contractors are taking soil samples near sections of our natural gas line in Coquitlam, Burnaby and Vancouver. This work is helping us prepare for our Lower Mainland System Upgrades. Construction for that project will begin in 2017.

If you have questions or comments about these projects, please email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Burnaby
  • In August and September, 2016, FortisBC contractors will be doing work in preparation for the 2018 gas line construction. This includes taking soil samples and conducting field surveys in the following areas:
    • Lougheed Highway, from Madison Avenue to Bainbridge Avenue
    • Broadway, from Bainbridge Avenue to Underhill Avenue
    • Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail, from Underhill Avenue to Production Way
    • Broadway, from Production Way to Gaglardi Way
  • In 2018, we’ll begin replacing about 20 kilometres of the natural gas line that runs between our Coquitlam Station and our station at East 2nd Avenue and Woodland Drive in Vancouver. This section of gas line is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replaced.

Visit Talking Energy for more information about this project. If you have questions or comments about these projects, please email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Coquitlam
  • In August and September, 2016, FortisBC contractors will be doing work in preparation for the 2018 gas line construction between Coquitlam and Vancouver. This includes taking soil samples and conducting field surveys in the following areas:
    • Como Lake Avenue, from North Road to Mariner Way
  • In 2017, we’ll begin installing about 4.6 kilometres of natural gas line between our Cape Horn and Coquitlam stations to provide an additional backup and supply the Coquitlam intermediate pressure (IP) gas line.
    The improvements will be carried out in the same utility corridor as the existing natural gas line.
  • In 2018, we’ll begin replacing about 20 kilometres of the natural gas line that runs between our Coquitlam Station and our station at East 2nd Avenue and Woodland Drive in Vancouver. This section of gas line is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replaced.

Visit Talking Energy for more information about this project. If you have questions or comments about these projects, please email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Surrey
  • In 2017, we’ll begin installing about five kilometres of new natural gas line from our Nichol Station to the south side of the Fraser River to provide an additional backup of supply and enable in-line inspections.
  • We also plan to install approximately 1.7 kilometres of natural gas line between our Nichol and Roebuck stations.
    The improvements will be carried out in the same utility corridor as the existing natural gas line.

Visit Talking Energy for more information about this project. If you have questions or comments about these projects, please email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

 

Vancouver
  • In August and September, 2016, FortisBC contractors will be doing work in preparation for the 2018 gas line construction between Coquitlam and Vancouver. This includes taking soil samples and conducting field surveys in the following areas:
    • First Avenue, from Woodland Drive to Boundary Road
  • East 2nd to Woodland drive – In 2018, we’ll begin replacing about 20 kilometres of the natural gas line that runs between our Coquitlam Station and our station at East 2nd Avenue and Woodland Drive in Vancouver. This section of gas line is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replaced.
  • South Vancouver – In 2018, we’ll begin replacing about 300 metres of natural gas line between our Fraser Station to East Kent Avenue and Elliott Street to provide additional seismic resistance.

Visit Talking Energy for more information about this project. If you have questions or comments about these projects, please email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

 

 Vancouver Island

 
Victoria

To ensure the continued safe and reliable delivery of natural gas, FortisBC is working to upgrade the regulating station located at Jubilee Street in Victoria from now until September 30, 2016.

If you’re in the area, please be aware of the work site and movement of equipment. There may be minor interruptions to traffic as equipment and material are delivered to the site. FortisBC and contract crews are working to minimize interruptions and complete the work as safely and quickly as possible.

Public may notice the smell of natural gas (a rotten-egg like odour) as some venting work is scheduled for August 15, 16 and September 8 for 15 about minutes each time.

For more information, call 1-888-224-2710.