Inland Gas Upgrades

About this project

We’re planning to upgrade 29 sections of our existing natural gas lines located in communities in the Northern, Thompson-Okanagan, Cariboo and Kootenay regions of BC. As a result of these upgrades, we’ll be able to use up-to-date inspection methods to monitor the line.

Why we’re upgrading these lines

All of these lines have an excellent record for both safety and reliability, even the many that have been in operation since the 1950s. These 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. In many cases, these upgrades will allow us to inspect the inside of the gas lines using up-to-date in-line inspection equipment. This inspection method provides detailed information about the condition of each line and will allow us to better plan and manage maintenance work.

Work in your community

Some of this work will require us to upgrade lines to reduce bends and replace fittings that could block the in-line inspection equipment. In some cases, this work will require us to replace gas lines. In other cases, we will regulate the pressure in sections of our system. While the vast majority of this work will take place on existing rights of way, it could mean construction will take place in your community or surrounding areas. We are committed to engaging with communities we serve and keeping our customers informed during every step of this process.

Project timelines and next steps

Right now we’re in the early planning stages. Our first step is to consult with communities and stakeholders who may be affected to let them know about potential projects in their area, get their feedback and address any initial questions. The next step is to submit an application to our regulator—the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC). This will take place later in fall 2018. If approved, this upgrade will represent an approximate $200 to $300 million investment into our natural gas system; however, the project costs are still being finalized. At this time, we expect the average rate impacts over the course of the project to be minimal.

We expect the construction work will take place, section-by-section, between 2020 and 2025.

Dig a little, learn a lot

From now until the end of August, you may see crews working on behalf of FortisBC doing survey and small excavation work around our rights of way in several areas of the province, including in Cranbrook, Skookumchuck, Kimberley and Mackenzie.

This work will help us verify details of the lines that will enable us to continue planning the Inland Gas Upgrades project.

It’s an important and regular part of the work we do, every day, to properly and effectively plan all of our construction projects.

If you have any questions, please call our project phone line at 1-855-576-7225 or email us at inlandgasupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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Exploring rights of way for habitat and heritage

Native species, waterways and heritage sites—these are just a few of the reasons we work with certified professionals to explore potential project sites early on, long before any shovel hits the ground. As part of our planning for the proposed Inland Gas Upgrades, from now until the end of June, our consultants are studying our rights of way in rural and back country areas in many interior regions of BC. Qualified environmental professionals and permitted archaeologists are developing site overviews for each gas line. This work is being done in consultation with local Indigenous communities where possible. If the project is approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission, this information will determine where further study may be needed, what permits will be required and ensure we handle sensitive areas with care. If you have any questions, please call our project phone line at 1-855-576-7225 or email us at inlandgasupgrades@fortisbc.com.
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Communities where work will take place

The Inland Gas Upgrades could result in construction work in the following communities and their surrounding areas. The construction will be carefully planned, taking into account feedback from local stakeholders.

North

  • Mackenzie

Cariboo

  • Prince George
  • Quesnel
  • Williams Lake

Thompson-Okanagan

  • Kamloops
  • Salmon Arm
  • Spallumcheen
  • Armstrong
  • Enderby
  • Coldstream
  • Kelowna

Kootenays

  • Trail
  • Castlegar
  • Nelson
  • Kimberley
  • Cranbrook
  • Elkford
  • Sparwood