Working in your neighbourhood

We regularly maintain our infrastructure to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of energy to our customers. This includes upgrading electricity and natural gas lines – which may require crews to work along roads – as well as managing vegetation near our facilities and rights of way. We appreciate your patience and co-operation as we try to minimize disruptions and complete the work in your neighbourhood as quickly and safely as possible.

Note: project details and dates are subject to change. Check your local traffic report for updates on roadwork in your area.

Columbia – Kootenay

Creston

Creston distribution upgrades

Updated on: March 18, 2019

Project details: Construction will begin in March 2019 to strengthen and renew the electrical distribution system in the Creston area. This $3.2 million preventative maintenance project will include upgrading and repairing pole structures and equipment, replacing sections of wire, and re-routing a line for better maintenance access. 

The community may experience short interruptions to electrical service while work is underway and we appreciate your patience. Find the most up-to-date information on our outage map

Anticipated dates: Work will occur from March to September 2019 at multiple locations within the community. 

For more information: Call 1-866-436-7847, Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or email electricity.customerservice@fortisbc.com

Interior & Okanagan

Kelowna – Lake Country

Electric and natural gas distribution line extension

Updated on: May 9, 2019
 

Project details: Between April and July 31, 2019, we will be constructing a one kilometre electric line and a four kilometre natural gas line along Glenmore Road North between Kelowna and Lake Country.

These projects support growth in these communities by increasing capacity and ensuring reliable service to new developments in McKinley Landing.  We are coordinating these two projects to reduce impacts to residents and sensitive habitat in the area.

Drivers are encouraged to take an alternate route when possible. The construction will affect traffic along both lanes of Glenmore Road North. This will result in periods of single-lane, alternating traffic and reduced speed. Please be aware of flaggers and follow the instruction of the construction signs.

Anticipated dates: Power line construction will typically take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and occasional weekends. Gas line construction will take place overnight from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

For more information: Call 1-866-436-7847, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can also email electricity.customerservice@fortisbc.com or gas.customerservice@fortisbc.com

South Okanagan

Electric transmission upgrades

Updated on: April 4, 2019

Project details: Between March and October 31, 2019, we will maintain and upgrade sections of our electric transmission power lines within Penticton, and along Highway 97, south of Penticton to Oliver.

This $1.35 million project will ensure the continued reliability and safety of these lines that help serve electricity customers in the greater Okanagan area, the City of Penticton and the District of Summerland.

At times, communities may experience intermittent traffic disruptions, with flag people onsite. Small pockets of customers may also experience planned temporary electricity outages. These customers will be notified in advance. Find the most up-to-date information on our outage map.

Anticipated dates: Work will occur from March to October 31, 2019 at multiple locations, typically weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and occasionally weekends. In the summer months, work will focus within the City of Penticton to avoid work on Highway 97 during the peak tourist season.

For more information: Call 1-866-436-7847, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or email electricity.customerservice@fortisbc.com.

Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

Work is continuing through 2019 on our Lower Mainland gas line upgrades. Select your city below for an overview of what’s going on in your community and visit talkingenergy.ca to learn more and get traffic and construction updates. If you have questions or comments about these projects, email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

FortisBC gas line upgrades: 2018 – 2019

Updated: spring 2019

Project details: Construction has begun replacing about 20 kilometres of natural gas line that runs from Vancouver to Coquitlam. The gas line is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replaced.

Anticipated dates: Work will occur in Vancouver and Burnaby in 2018, and Coquitlam and Burnaby in 2019.

For more information: Visit the project page at talkingenergy.ca for traffic and construction updates or email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

FortisBC gas line upgrades: 2018 – 2019

Updated: spring 2019

Project details: Construction has begun replacing about 20 kilometres of natural gas line that runs from Vancouver to Coquitlam. The gas line is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replaced. 

Anticipated dates: Work will occur in Vancouver and Burnaby in 2018, and Coquitlam and Burnaby in 2019.

For more information: Visit the project page at talkingenergy.ca for traffic and construction updates or email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Surrey to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrade: construction complete

Project details: We’ve upgraded approximately 11 kilometres of natural gas line between Surrey and Coquitlam so we can increase its capacity, keep up with growing demand and continue the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers. We’ve added a backup line that runs alongside the existing natural gas line, in the same Surrey to Coquitlam corridor.

Anticipated dates: As of December 2017, gas line construction for this upgrade project is complete. Site clean-up and final habitat and landscape restoration work will continue until the summer of 2018. 

For more information: Visit the project page at talkingenergy.ca or email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Tilbury LNG expansion project: construction complete

Updated on: December 14, 2018

Project details: On October 21, 2014, we started construction of a $400-million expansion project at our Tilbury LNG facility. This includes building a new storage tank and additional liquefaction equipment to help meet the growing demand for liquefied natural gas for transportation, remote communities and industry.

Start and end dates: The expansion is expected to be operational later in 2019.

For more information: Visit the project page at talkingenergy.ca or email us at talkingenergy@fortisbc.com.

Surrey to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrade: construction complete

Project details: We’ve upgraded approximately 11 kilometres of natural gas line between Surrey and Coquitlam so we can increase its capacity, keep up with growing demand and continue the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers. We’ve added a backup line that runs alongside the existing natural gas line, in the same Surrey to Coquitlam corridor.

Start and end dates: As of December 2017, gas line construction for this upgrade project is complete. Site clean-up and final habitat and landscape restoration work will continue until the summer of 2018.

For more information: Visit the project page at talkingenergy.ca or email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

FortisBC gas line upgrades: 2018 – 2019

Updated: spring 2019

Project details: Construction has begun replacing about 20 kilometres of natural gas line that runs from Vancouver to Coquitlam. The gas line is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replaced.

Anticipated dates: Work will occur in Vancouver and Burnaby in 2018, and Coquitlam and Burnaby in 2019.

For more information: visit the project page at talkingenergy.ca for traffic and construction updates or email us at gaslineupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Squamish & Whistler

Whistler 

Natural gas line construction 

Updated on: May 17, 2019

Project details: Between now and August 2019, we will be resuming construction of a natural gas line along Highway 99.

Our crews will be working along Highway 99 between Alta Lake Road and Whistler Road followed by some work at the end of Lynham Road.

This is a two-year, $13 million project to ensure continued safe, reliable service in the growing Resort Municipality of Whistler and to supply Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to BC Transit’s fleet of cleaner, quieter buses. The project will result in a six-kilometre natural gas line extension and a new regulating station at Nordic Way.

There may be traffic and noise during periods of construction, including temporary lane width reductions on Highway 99. We appreciate the public’s patience. Please be aware of flaggers and follow the instruction of the construction signs.

Anticipated dates: From now until August with construction typically taking place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays. 

For more information: Call 1-888-224-2710, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can also email gas.customerservice@fortisbc.com.

Vancouver Island

Nanaimo

Extension Road Station construction 2019-2020

Updated on: March 20, 2019

Project details: In April 2019, construction will begin on a new FortisBC natural gas pressure reducing station off Extension Road, west of Cinnabar Drive. 

A pressure reducing station lowers the pressure of gas coming from a transmission line so it can flow safely through distribution lines to nearby homes and businesses. This $3.6 million investment will support growth south of Nanaimo and help maintain and improve the gas system that serves Island communities.

The community may experience limited access to nearby trails during construction and the temporary smell of rotten eggs when the completed station is connected to the existing system or when routine maintenance is performed. We don’t expect any gas service disruptions. 

Anticipated dates: Work will occur from April 2019 to April 2020, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Fridays. 

For more information: Call 1-888-224-2710, Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. or email gas.customerservice@fortisbc.com