CGL preparing for slow ramp-up of activities

John Crawford
05/22/2020

Coastal GasLink says it's preparing for a slow-and-steady increase in activities, as it gears up for its summer construction program.

The company says it has now cleared three-quarters of the pipeline route.

CGL reduced the number of on-site workers in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but says it continued with essential activities in April, paving the way for a gradual ramp-up of work in the coming months.

The company says important progress was made in Section One near Chetwynd and Section Six south of Burns Lake, with 297 kilometres of pipe having been delivered by rail and truck.

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CGL says it's also been working in partnership with indigenous communities on establishing workforce accommodations, adding that work will continue on the Huckleberry, Vanderhoof and P2 Lodges. 

The company also says its crews and contractors are working closely with Northern Health to enhance its health and safety program, with guidance from its medical service provider, International SOS.

Coastal GasLink has signed agreements with all 20 First Nations bands along the pipeline route, but members of the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs continue to oppose it.

Meantime, TC Energy announced it has completed the sale of its majority ownership of Coastal GasLink.
 

The company's 65% stake in the project is being sold to a partnership beween private-equity firm KKR and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation.
 
The partnership also includes a credit agreement with a syndicate of banks to fund the majority of the 670-kilometre-long pipeline's construction costs.
 
TC Energy says it remains committed to partnering with the 20 First Nations along the pipeline route, who have executed agreements with Coastal GasLink.
 
The $6.6-billion pipeline will supply natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to the LNG Canada liquefaction and export facility being constructed at Kitimat.

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