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Coastal Transmission System Upgrades

We’re conducting 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.

Construction overview

We’ll be replacing sections of our gas lines, and upgrading facilities to allow us to use the new tools in our coastal 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.

Workers wearing protective gear run pigging equipment through a pipe
Similar in-line inspection tools being used on gas lines near Penticton.

Construction locations

Coquitlam CTSU work map
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Coquitlam

Gas line work

  • replace approximately 279 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

Facility work

  • 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
Delta CTSU work map
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Delta

Gas line work

  • replace approximately 95 metres of gas line north of the Tilbury Regulating Station and crossing under River Road

Facility work

  • 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

Surrey

Facility work

  • 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

Facility work

  • upgrade Fort Langley Station, near Trattle Street and Sailes Avenue
  • upgrade Livingstone Regulating Station near the intersection of 232 Street and 56 Avenue

Richmond

Facility work

  • upgrades to the Nelson valve site located near the intersection of Nelson and Blundell roads

Port Moody

Facility work

  • upgrades to the Noons Creek Station near Forest Park Way, on the border between Port Moody and Coquitlam

Anmore

Facility work

  • upgrades to the Anmore Station near the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Ravenswood Drive

Abbotsford

Facility work

  • 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 2023-2025 and baseline inspections will continue until 2026. 

We're in the early construction 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].

Fall 2020

Engagement began

February 11, 2021

BCUC application filed

May 2022

Received BCUC approval

Our regulator, the BC Utilities Commission, approved our application for a Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience for the project

2023-2025

Construction

2026

Gas line inspections complete

April 10, 2024

Construction underway

Construction has started for the Coast Transmission System’s Transmission Integrity Maintenance Capabilities Project. 

Initial construction activities have begun at several work locations within our facilities and rights of way across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. These activities include mobilizing equipment and materials, preparing work sites for construction, fencing, vegetation and tree clearing, preparing laydown, and staging areas and building access roads. 

Construction will generally be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. We will be replacing segments of our gas lines, upgrading facilities, and installing sound enclosures to reduce operational disturbances to our neighbors. Minor traffic delays may be required to accommodate large trucks and will be monitored by traffic control personnel. Access to multi-use pathways may also be closed and advanced signage will be posted to keep the public informed. Closures will be minimized, and pathways will be reopened as quickly as possible when the location is safe for use.

We appreciate your patience as we work to complete these activities safely and as quickly as possible. If you have any questions regarding the project, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 604-592-7494.

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].

Our commitment

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:

  • Abbotsford
  • Anmore
  • Coquitlam
  • Delta
  • Port Moody
  • Richmond
  • Surrey
  • Township of Langley
  • Vancouver

Regulatory process

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).