Transmission System Upgrades

About this project

We’re planning work on our natural gas system at a number of locations in the Lower Mainland as part of our Transmission System Upgrades. 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

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 and recoating 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.

All of our gas lines are coated to help prevent corrosion and, as part of this project, we will be recoating some small sections of line. This recoating involves digging to expose the gas line so it can be inspected, the old coating can be removed, and the line cleaned and recoated.

We are also planning to complete some related routine gas line maintenance as part of the project.

In-line inspection tools are already in use to inspect the inside of gas lines near Penticton.
Similar in-line inspection tools being used on gas lines near Penticton.

 

Project timelines and next steps

We’re in the early planning stages of this project and expect to file an application with our regulator, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), later this year. Pending regulatory approval, work is expected to begin in 2022, with the majority of work planned for 2024. Gas line inspections will take place until 2027.

More work may be required based on the results of these inspections and we’ll keep the community updated on our progress.

We’re continuing with critical projects that support the everyday energy needs of customers and communities, including this gas line upgrade work, while adapting to the challenges of the current health crisis. We are committed to engaging with local municipalities, stakeholders, Indigenous communities and those living and working near where work will take place as part of this project.

project timelines

Construction locations

Coquitlam

Work planned for 2024

coquitlam scope of work map

Gas line work

  • replace approx. 180m of gas line, crossing under Lougheed Hwy near San Antonio Place
  • replace a section of gas line within right of way east of Cape Horn Ave
  • replace a valve at Westwood Station and approx. 110m of gas line within right of way near David Ave, including a crossing of David Ave near Verbana Place

Facility  work

  • upgrade Cape Horn valve site on Rogers Ave
  • upgrade Coquitlam Gate Station on Spuraway Ave
  • upgrade Noons Creek Station near Forest Park Way, on the border between Port Moody and Coquitlam

Delta

Work planned for 2024

delta scope of work map

Gas line work

  • replace two gas line bends, each approx. 5m, within right of way near 72 St and Hwy 17
  • replace approx. 95m of gas line north of the Tilbury Regulating Station and crossing under River Rd

Facility work

  • upgrade Tilbury Regulating Station on River Rd
  • 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 Hwy 99 and Hwy 17

Surrey

Work planned for 2024

Facility work

  • upgrade Latimer Station near 192 St and 96 Ave
  • upgrade Port Mann valve site on 116a Ave
  • upgrade Roebuck valve site on 132 St
  • upgrade Nichol valve site on 138a St

Township of Langley

Work planned for 2024

Gas line work

  • replace approx. 65m of gas line within right of way east of 232 St

Facility work

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

Vancouver

Work planned for 2024

  • upgrades to the Fraser Gate Station on East Kent Ave South

Abbotsford

Work planned for 2022

  • upgrades to the King Rd valve site
  • upgrades to the Huntingdon Regulating Station, off Whatcom Rd

Richmond

Work planned for 2024

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

Port Moody

Work planned for 2024

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

Anmore

Work planned for 2024

  • upgrades to the Anmore Station near the intersection of Sunnyside Rd and Ravenswood Dr

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 transmissionupgrades@fortisbc.com.

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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 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