Pacific Northern Gas Plans to Upgrade the Western Transmission Gas Line
Salvus to Galloway section improvements needed to maintain PNG’s high safety and reliability standards
PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. and COAST TSIMSHIAN TERRITORY, July 30, 2020 – Today Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (PNG) announced the Salvus to Galloway Gas Line Upgrade Project for its Western Transmission Gas Line and virtual public information sessions, building on pre-engagement meetings and archeological studies from earlier this year.
“The Western Transmission Gas Line is a critical part of our system,” said Joe Mazza, Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering. “For more than 50 years, it has safely and reliably supplied thousands of PNG’s residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout the Prince Rupert and Port Edward area. We regularly inspect and maintain the line, but some sections are nearing the end of their useful operating life. It is now time for an upgrade project to ensure the line’s continued high standard of operation.”
PNG is proposing to conduct infrastructure upgrades to repair and replace sections along an 80-kilometre segment of the Western Transmission natural gas line between the Salvus maintenance yard and the Galloway pressure regulating station. All work is expected to take place within PNG’s existing pipeline corridor, referred to as a right-of-way, and nearby permitted temporary workspace.
The project is in the early planning stages, as PNG prepares to submit a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity application for approval by its regulator, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC). The project is expected to cost approximately $80 million and PNG anticipates that the application will be filed this fall, with a BCUC decision in spring 2021. Following approval, construction would begin in the summer of 2021 and continue in phases each summer, with completion slated for the fall of 2023. PNG is consulting with Indigenous communities and engaging with the public in advance of the BCUC application submission and will continue engagement throughout all project phases.
“PNG recognizes the importance of the territory to Indigenous communities, and the residents of Prince Rupert, Port Edward and the surrounding area,” said Mazza. “We want to ensure that we are proposing a project that is good for the region. That is why we will be working with Indigenous communities and community leaders, and we will be reaching out to the broader public to share information and seek input through our website, toll-free number and virtual information sessions.”
PNG’s top priority for projects and day-to-day operations is the safety of employees, contractors and the public. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for physical distancing, PNG will be hosting virtual information sessions for the public on Wednesday August 19 and Wednesday, August 26.
“We look forward to hearing from the community, building our application and providing more economic, employment and training opportunities for the region through this project,” said Mazza.
To learn more about the project, upcoming information session and to provide feedback, visit png.ca/projects/S2Ggasline.