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FortisBC projects and energy topics that matter

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We’re looking back at our 2023 project highlights. Community engagement and collaboration with community stakeholders helped us strengthen relationships with many of our community partners, achieve important project milestones and establish lasting benefits for some of the communities where our projects are located.

Project updates

Inland Gas Upgrades

June 24, 2024

Project enters fifth and anticipated final year of construction

We’re beginning our fifth and anticipated final year of construction on the Inland Gas Upgrades (IGU) Project. In 2024, we’ll be conducting new gas line upgrades and continuing upgrades from earlier years that will allow the use of in-line inspection equipment. This equipment will provide detailed information about the condition of each line which will help us to better plan and manage maintenance work.Other upgrades include replacing and decommissioning small sections of gas line as well as completing or adding pressure regulating stations (PRS) throughout our service territory. These stations help us regulate the pressure of gas so that it can move safely through our system and get delivered to homes and businesses.In 2024, we’ll be working in eight communities across four regions throughout B.C.:Northern Interior: We’ll return to work in Prince George for the installation of our final PRS upgrades and a gas line replacement, as well as decommission a small section of gas line in Mackenzie.Central Interior: We’ll return to work in Williams Lake to complete work on a new PRS.East Kootenay region: We’ll return to work on our gas lines in Kimberley, Sparwood and Cranbrook.Thompson-Okanagan: We’ll be starting new work on our gas lines in Armstrong and Enderby.The IGU Project continues to uphold its commitment to provide social and economic benefits to B.C. communities. In 2023, the project spent approximately $23.8 million through commitments to 198 B.C.-based businesses and contracted $11.3 million worth of goods and services from 150 vendors local to the communities where work on the IGU Project took place, accounting for 75.8 per cent of all B.C.-based vendors.Through targeted procurement, training and employment efforts, we’ve continued to provide opportunities for Indigenous-owned and -affiliated businesses year-over-year. For example, in 2023 the project spent approximately $9.6 million to 36 Indigenous-owned or -affiliated vendors, representing 19 First Nations and marking a third consecutive year of more than $9 million spent accordingly ($9.8 million in 2022, $9.3 million in 2021). Moreover, 83.3 per cent of contracted Indigenous-owned and -affiliated businesses were local to the communities in which they worked.
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Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project

June 6, 2024

New and ongoing initiatives to reduce workforce impacts in Squamish

We’ve spent years engaging the Squamish community to explore opportunities to reduce potential workforce impacts in Squamish from the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline (EGP) Project. Our ongoing engagement led us to propose a Temporary Workforce Lodge in 2022.The Workforce Lodge was proposed as a key mitigation following three years of engagement with local government, Indigenous groups, agencies and information sessions held with the broader community. Through feedback, we’ve heard the lodge is the most effective way to address concerns about potential impacts related to housing, tourism, traffic and community safety. Our proposal for the lodge was approved in 2023 by Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO).We continue to work through the Temporary Use Permit (TUP) process with the District of Squamish based on our application submitted in December 2022, with a focus on securing the District of Squamish’s approval in time to construct the lodge and have it ready to house our main workforce peak anticipated in 2025.As we await the District of Squamish’s TUP decision on the lodge, we continue to proactively implement measures to reduce potential impacts associated with the presence of a temporary workforce in Squamish.With a focus on community safety and services, some measures that have been implemented since construction began include:the EGP Project Worker Code of Conduct, which sets the standard of conduct expected of everyone engaged in work on the projecta cultural awareness orientation, which has been developed in collaboration with Indigenous communities and is required by all EGP Project construction personnelvoluntarily paying the Municipal Regional and District Tax to local hotels for remittance to Tourism Squamish until operation of the lodgeTo further support gender and cultural safety, new initiatives we’ve recently launched include:in-person gender and cultural safety education for the project workforce, to expand information about unique patterns of vulnerability for Indigenous women and girls and the types of personal conduct that supports gender and cultural safetyproviding a health and medical clinic for workers’ after-hours use, to enhance the resources to support worker well-being and reduce project-related use of local health servicesimplementing a third-party reporting line for community members to report concerns regarding the respectful conduct of EGP Project workers in the Squamish communityFortisBC's amended Environmental Assessment Certificate for the project requires us to have a Gender and Cultural Safety Plan in place before the lodge is operational. This will be developed in consultation with Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, the District of Squamish and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation.
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Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project

May 30, 2024

Construction updates for Coquitlam and Squamish recreational area users

As we head into summer, we want to keep the public informed of construction activities for the Eagle Mountain - Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project that may impact recreational users within the Coquitlam and Squamish areas. We’ve taken a number of steps to maintain public safety in and around our work areas.CoquitlamIn Coquitlam, we posted signage and have spotters along key trails, roads and access points. We’ve also installed fencing along roughly 1.5 kilometres of our right of way adjacent to nearby trails in Coquitlam’s Eagle Mountain area. Recreational users should be aware of parking and intermittent trail closures in the Eagle Mountain area, along with increased noise levels as we prepare our Eagle Mountain Compressor Station for upgrades.SquamishIn Squamish, the main activities to be aware of at this time are ongoing road maintenance and trucks travelling along the Mamquam and Stawamus Indian River Forest Service Roads. For safety, there is also a full closure of Ray Basin Road unless otherwise posted, due to high construction activity and traffic. Closures are also in place on the Stawamus Indian River Forest Service Road, beginning at approximately kilometre point 9.To better support public understanding and help you make informed decisions when planning recreational activities, we developed maps for both communities.We believe in working with local communities as we build this project and take steps in both Coquitlam and Squamish to reduce the impacts from our work. This includes communicating with local recreational user groups to help inform their planning, as well as opening impacted trails and roads when it’s safe to do so.We appreciate your patience as we complete these construction activities safely, and as quickly as possible.
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