Current large-scale natural gas projects
To serve our growing numbers of residential and commercial natural gas customers, we continually invest in our system to add capacity and increase the functionality and reliability of our services.
Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project
The proposed Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project would expand the existing natural gas pipeline that runs between Coquitlam and Woodfibre, near Squamish.
If the project moves forward, we’ll be adding about 47 km of new pipe, beginning north of the Coquitlam watershed and ending at the Woodfibre industrial site, where our customer Woodfibre LNG is proposing to build a modestly-sized liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and export facility.
Tilbury LNG Facility Expansion
We’re planning to upgrade our Tilbury LNG storage facility in Delta, BC, to meet the growing demand for LNG as a lower-carbon fuel for in marine shipping and for use overseas.
Phase 1 includes additional liquefaction equipment and a gas line upgrade. A power line is also being considered. The proposed Phase 2 expansion project would include a new tank that could triple the site’s storage capacity and expanded liquefaction capacity. The Tilbury Jetty Limited Partnership is proposing a jetty that would make it easier for marine and international customers to access LNG from Tilbury.
Inland Gas Upgrades
We’re upgrading 29 sections of our existing natural gas lines located in the Northern, Thompson-Okanagan, Cariboo and Kootenay regions of BC. These upgrades will allow us to use modern inspection methods to monitor the line.
These Inland Gas Upgrades, combined with our ongoing inspection and maintenance activities, will make sure these lines continue to provide safe, reliable service for many years to come.
Pattullo Gas Line Replacement project
We’re building a new natural gas line in Burnaby to replace an existing gas line on the Pattullo Bridge.
The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is in the process of replacing the Pattullo Bridge. The replacement gas line will need to be complete before the bridge is decommissioned so we can continue to safely and reliably
deliver energy to more than 35,000 homes and businesses in Burnaby, New Westminster and Coquitlam. We'll also need to decommission the existing gas line and associated infrastructure on and around the Pattullo Bridge in New Westminster and Surrey.
On June 30, 2021, the British Columbia Utilities Commission approved our project application and issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. Construction on the Pattullo Gas Line Replacement started in November 2021 and is expected to finish by the end of 2022.
Okanagan Capacity Upgrade
We’re planning to increase our capacity in the Okanagan by adding approximately 30 kilometres of new gas line. This will be an extension of our existing natural gas system, connecting along Penticton’s eastern border and extending north, just beyond Chute Lake.
Communities in the Okanagan are expected to grow 40 per cent in the next two decades. The Okanagan Capacity Upgrade project will strengthen our system for approximately
105,000 homes and businesses that rely on our natural gas service every day, and allow us to meet the region’s energy needs well into the future.
We submitted an application to our regulator, the British Columbia Utilities Commission, on November 16, 2020. We are now awaiting a decision on this application, which we anticipate in 2023. If approved, we expect project construction will take place between 2023 and 2024.
Coastal Transmission System Upgrades
We’re planning work on our natural gas system at 24 locations in the Lower Mainland as part of our Coastal Transmission System Upgrades. The project will enhance our ability to monitor the condition of our gas lines by allowing us to use new, advanced in-line inspection tools. These gas lines have an excellent record for both safety and reliability.
On February 11, 2021, we filed a project application with our regulator, the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) and received approval in May 2022. The proposed work will build on our already robust inspection and maintenance activities, to make sure these lines continue to provide safe, reliable service to over 700,000 homes and businesses in the Lower Mainland. Work will take place in 2024-2025 and baseline inspections will continue until 2027.
Interior Transmission System Upgrades
We’re also planning work on our natural gas system at 15 locations throughout the interior of British Columbia as part of our Interior Transmission System Upgrades.
Similar to the Coastal Transmission System Upgrades project, this work will further enhance the safety and reliability of the system we use to supply
natural gas to more than 195,000 homes and businesses.
The work planned will enhance our ability to monitor the condition of our lines by allowing us to use new, advanced inspection tools. We will build on our already robust inspection and maintenance activities, increasing our safety standards so we can continue providing reliable service to customers for decades to come. We plan to file a project application to the BCUC in 2022.
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