Interior Transmission System Upgrades
We’re planning work on our natural gas system at a number of locations throughout the interior of British Columbia as part of our Interior Transmission System Upgrades project. Similar to the Coastal Transmission System Upgrades project, this work will further enhance the safety and reliability of the system we use to supply natural gas to more than 195,000 homes and businesses. Much of our work throughout Interior BC will take place at rural locations and will have minimal impact on residents and businesses.
Why we're upgrading these gas lines
Our Interior Transmission System includes more than 700 kilometres of gas lines and facilities that move gas throughout BC’s southern interior to communities in the West Kootenay, Okanagan Valley and South Thompson Valley. These lines have an excellent record for both safety and reliability because of the ongoing maintenance work we conduct.
The work planned as part of the Interior Transmission System Upgrades project will enhance our ability to monitor the condition of our lines by allowing us to use new, advanced inspection tools. We will build on our already robust inspection and maintenance activities, increasing our safety standards so we can continue providing reliable service to customers for decades to come.
We’ll be replacing sections of our gas lines and upgrading facilities to allow us to use new inspection tools in our Interior Transmission System. We expect worksites to range in size from about 2.5 metres to 50 metres long. This work will take place at 16 locations on and near existing FortisBC rights of way and facilities in BC’s interior.
Some work may impact nearby roads and paths. We will work directly with stakeholders, Indigenous groups, and nearby homes and businesses to identify and minimize disruptions.
We filed our regulatory application for this project with the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) in September 2022. If approved, the majority of project construction work will occur in 2025-2026 in preparation for the line inspections that will begin in 2026.
City of Kamloops
- upgrades to our facility off Saskatoon Place
City of Penticton
- upgrades to our facility on Warren Avenue West and Government Street
City of Vernon
- upgrades to our facility along Davidson Road, off Bella Vista Road
Regional District Central Kootenay, Area B
- upgrades to our facility off Highway 95 near Barnhardt Road
Regional District Kootenay Boundary, Area B
- Upgrades to the gas line west of Highway 22, near Riverdale
Regional District Kootenay Boundary Area D
- upgrades to our facility along Como Road
Regional District Okanagan Similkameen, Area H
Gas line work
- replace two small sections of gas line within the existing right of way just off Highway 5A northwest of Allison lake
- replace a valve assembly off Highway 5A southeast of Allison Lake
Regional District of Thompson-Nicola, Area J
Gas line work
- replace gas line across Cherry Creek along the existing FortisBC right of way
- upgrades to our facility along Tunkwa Lake Road
Regional District of Thompson-Nicola, Area N
- upgrades to our facility on Suttie Road, off Coldwater Road
Town of Oliver
- upgrades to our facility on Highway 97, near Gallagher Lake
Town of Princeton
- upgrades to our facility along Highway 5A, near Sunflower Estates Road
Township of Spallumcheen
- upgrades to our two facilities on St. Annes Road
Project timelines and next steps
In September 2022 we filed a project application with our regulator, the BCUC, and are expecting a decision in 2023. If approved, the majority of construction work will take place in 2025-2026 and baseline inspections will start in 2026.
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 [email protected].
September 20, 2022
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 Interior Transmission System Upgrades project will update our natural gas system throughout the interior of British Columbia, 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, project construction work will occur in 2025-2026 in preparation for the line inspections that will begin in 2026.
September 30, 2021
Engagement underway to support project planning
We’ve started engaging with stakeholders, Indigenous groups 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 expect to submit our application to the BCUC in 2022. If approved, the construction will occur in 2024-2026 in preparation for line inspections that will take place 2025-2030.
Before construction takes place, we’ll work with communities, Indigenous groups, stakeholders and municipalities to minimize local disruptions.
If you want to know more, ask questions or provide feedback, call us at 1-888-486-0138 or [email protected].
Have you spoken with residents, local government and Indigenous communities about this project?
We began engagement on the Interior Transmission System Upgrades project earlier in 2021 and will continue throughout the duration of the project. We are reaching out to residents, local governments, Indigenous communities and anyone else who holds interest in the areas of the Interior 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.
Sep 30, 2021
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 1-888-486-0138 or [email protected].
Sep 30, 2021
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 Interior Transmission System Upgrades project.
Sep 30, 2021
Is FortisBC planning any other work 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.
Sep 30, 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.).
Sep 30, 2021
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 Interior Transmission System Upgrades. We’ll keep you informed every step of the way.
Work is planned for the following communities:
- City of Penticton
- City of Vernon
- Regional District of Central Kootenay
- Regional District of Kootenay Boundary
- Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen
- Regional District of Thompson-Nicola
- Town of Oliver
- Town of Princeton
- Township of Spallumcheen