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 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.

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

Certificate of Public Convenience

On February 11, 2021, we took a major step forward with our Transmission System Upgrades project by filing a project application with our regulator, the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC). 

We’re in the early planning stages of this project and continuing to engage with local municipalities, Indigenous communities, landowners and local residents. Interested parties have until April 29, 2021 to register with the BCUC to be involved. 

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. 

We will continue to provide engagement opportunities throughout the project, and can be contacted
directly at 604-592-7494 and transmissionupgrades@fortisbc.com.

Transmission systems upgrade timeline

 

Construction locations

Coquitlam

Work planned for 2024

coquitlam scope of work map

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 approx. 110m of gas line within right of way near David Avenue, including a crossing of David Avenue near Verbena Place

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

Work planned for 2024

delta scope of work map

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

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
  • upgrade Benson Regulating Station at the intersection of Highway 99 and Highway 17

Surrey

Work planned for 2024

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

Work planned for 2024

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

Vancouver

Work planned for 2024

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

Abbotsford

Work planned for 2022 and 2024

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

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 Road and Ravenswood Drive

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 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. 

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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