Coastal Transmission System Upgrades
We’re planning work on our natural gas system at a number of locations in the Lower Mainland as part of our Coastal Transmission System Upgrades. Similar to our Interior Transmission System Upgrades work, this project will enhance the safety and reliability of the system we use to supply natural gas to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.
Why we’re upgrading these gas lines
Coastal Transmission System Upgrades work will enhance our ability to monitor the condition of our gas lines by allowing us to use new, advanced in-line inspection tools. These gas lines have an excellent record for both safety and reliability. The work being planned will build on our already robust inspection and maintenance activities, to make sure these lines continue to provide safe, reliable service for many decades to come.
We’ll be replacing sections of our gas lines, and upgrading facilities to allow us to use the new tools in our Lower Mainland transmission system. This work will largely take place on existing rights of way and FortisBC sites.
We are also planning to complete some related routine gas line maintenance as part of the project.
Gas line work
- replace approximately 180 metres of gas line, crossing under Lougheed Highway near San Antonio Place
- replace a section of gas line within right of way east of Cape Horn Avenue
- replace a valve at Westwood Station and approximately 110 metres of gas line within right of way near David Avenue, including a crossing of David Avenue near Verbena Place
- upgrade Cape Horn valve site on Rogers Avenue
- upgrade Coquitlam Gate Station on Spuraway Avenue
- upgrade Noons Creek Station near Forest Park Way, on the border between Port Moody and Coquitlam
Gas line work
- replace two gas line bends, each approximately 5 metres, within right of way near 72 Street and Highway 17
- replace approximately 95 metres of gas line north of the Tilbury Regulating Station and crossing under River Road
- upgrade Tilbury Regulating Station on River Road
- modifications to the Tilbury LNG Facility, comprising extending an existing in-line inspection tool receiver and relocating a gas line within the facility
- upgrade Benson Regulating Station at the intersection of Highway 99 and Highway 17
- upgrade Latimer Station near 192 Street and 96 Avenue
- upgrade Port Mann valve site on 116a Avenue
- upgrade Roebuck valve site on 132 Street
- upgrade Nichol valve site on 138a Street
Township of Langley
Gas line work
- replace approximately 65 metres of gas line within right of way east of 232 Street
- upgrade Fort Langley Station, near Trattle Street and Sailes Avenue
- upgrade Livingstone Regulating Station near the intersection of 232 Street and 56 Avenue
- upgrades to the Nelson valve site located near the intersection of Nelson and Blundell roads
- upgrades to the Noons Creek Station near Forest Park Way, on the border between Port Moody and Coquitlam
- upgrades to the Anmore Station near the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Ravenswood Drive
- upgrades to the Fraser Gate Station on East Kent Avenue South
- upgrades to the King Road valve site
- upgrades to the Huntingdon Regulating Station, off Whatcom Road
Project timelines and next steps
In February 2021 we filed a project application with our regulator, the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) and received approval in May 2022. Work will take place in 2023-2024 and baseline inspections will continue until 2025.
We're in the early planning stages of this project and continuing to engage with local municipalities, Indigenous communities, landowners and local residents. We will continue to provide engagement opportunities throughout the project, and can be contacted directly at 604-592-7494 and [email protected].
BCUC application filed
Received BCUC approval
Our regulator, the BC Utilities Commission, approved our application for a Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience for the project
Gas line inspections complete
May 18, 2022
Project receives BCUC approval
The British Columbia Utilities Commission today approved the Coastal Transmission System Upgrades project application and issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for it.
This project will ensure we can enhance the safety and reliability of the systems we use to supply natural and renewable gas to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.
To stay up to date on the project, bookmark this Updates page or subscribe to our Talking Energy Coastal Transmission System Upgrades newsletter.
February 11, 2021
Project application filed
Today marks a major step forward as we file our project application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC). The Coastal Transmission System Upgrades project will update our natural gas system at a number of locations in the Lower Mainland, enhancing existing safety and reliability.
While preparing to submit our application, we’ve been engaging local municipalities, Indigenous communities, landowners, and local residents to share details on the project and obtain feedback.
If approved, some work will start in Abbotsford in 2022 and continue in 2024. The majority of work will take place in the other locations in 2024-2025. Baseline inspections will continue until 2027.
Interested parties have until April 29, 2021 to register with the BCUC to be involved.
October 13, 2020
Engagement underway to support project planning
We’ve started to engage with stakeholders, Indigenous communities and those living and working near the project worksites to gather feedback that will help us prepare our application for the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC). We’ll be submitting our application to the BCUC in 2020. If approved, the majority of construction is planned for 2022 and 2024.
Before construction takes place, we’ll work with communities, stakeholders and municipalities to minimize local disruptions.
If you want to know more, ask questions or provide feedback call us at 604-592-7494 or email [email protected].
Have you spoken with residents, local government and Indigenous communities about this project?
We have dedicated Community Relations and Indigenous Relations team members responsible for ongoing engagement with residents, local governments, Indigenous communities and anyone else who hold interest in the areas of the Coastal Transmission System Upgrades project.
We're committed to developing mutually beneficial working relationships with all affected residents, municipalities, stakeholders and Indigenous communities in the vicinity of our construction and addressing any feedback or questions that may arise. Engagement on the Coastal Transmission System Upgrades project started in 2020 and will continue throughout the duration of the project.
Feb 12, 2021
Will I lose my natural gas service when this work is taking place?
We will work with our contractor to ensure gas service is maintained to all customers throughout construction on this project.
If you have questions about our natural gas service, visit the FortisBC website or call 1-888-224-2710 (Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
Oct 15, 2020
Is there other work is FortisBC planning in my area?
We regularly maintain our infrastructure to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of our energy to our customers. This includes upgrading gas and electricity lines – which may require crews to work along roads – as well as managing vegetation near our facilities and rights of way. Learn more about the work planned for your neighbourhood.
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.
Oct 15, 2020
How can I stay updated on the project?
We’ll keep this project webpage updated with the latest news as the project progresses. You can also sign up for our Talking Energy newsletter that includes updates on the Coastal Transmission System Upgrades project.
Oct 15, 2020
Who do we contact if we have questions about the project?
If you have any questions about the project, we’re happy to speak with you. Please call us at 604-592-7494 or email [email protected]
Oct 15, 2020
We believe serving the community is a privilege. That’s why we’re committed to engaging with Indigenous groups, local communities and other stakeholders as we move forward with planning for the Coastal Transmission System Upgrades. We’ll keep you informed every step of the way.
Work is planned for the following communities:
- Port Moody
- Township of Langley
On May 18, 2022 we received approval of our application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from our regulator the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).