Surrey to Coquitlam natural gas line upgrade: 2017

More than 700,000 of FortisBC’s natural gas customers rely on our Lower Mainland natural gas system to supply natural gas to their homes and businesses in the Lower Mainland, Squamish, Whistler, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.

We’re upgrading the section of gas line between Surrey and Coquitlam so we can increase its capacity, keep up with growing demand and continue the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers.

What we’re doing and where

Surrey

  • We’re installing approximately 5 km of new 36-inch natural gas line from our Nichol Station (9378-138a Street) to the south side of the Fraser River.
  • We’re also installing approximately 1.2 km of new 42-inch natural gas line between our Nichol and Roebuck stations (9081 - 132 Street).

Coquitlam

  • We’re installing approximately 5 km of new 36-inch natural gas line between our Cape Horn (2300 block of Rogers Avenue) and Coquitlam (Spuraway Avenue, near Mariner Way) stations.


Why we’re upgrading the gas line

Increased capacity:
We’re adding a backup line that will run alongside the existing natural gas line in the same Surrey to Coquitlam corridor. Having a backup, or second, natural gas line means we’ll be prepared to continue meeting our customers’ natural gas needs as our communities grow.

Inline safety inspections:
We’ll be able to do inline safety inspections using a state-of-the-art robotic device called a pig. We’re making sure we can continue the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers.

Construction Update

COQUITLAM

Cape Horn construction:

Construction crews will begin direct pipe trenchless construction in early March 2017 in the Cape Horn area on Highway #1, Lougheed Highway and United Boulevard and Mundy Creek.

Construction equipment, including directional drills, will install the gas line at the areas marked in red on the map. This will include night work from early March to early May 2017 and several days of pile driving during daytime hours.

We will adhere to all necessary permits and approvals from the City of Coquitlam and will monitor the worksite and area for noise levels. We will also make every effort to reduce the impact of lights by directing them at the work site and away from homes.

Rocket Way (Planet Ice)

Rocket Way has been closed to accommodate project work and ensure the safety of construction crews. Access to Planet Ice is available by way of a temporary road north of Rokstad Power Inc. at 84 Golden Drive. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Mundy Park Chilko Parking Lot

A section of Mundy Park’s parking lot on Chilko Drive will be closed to the public until fall 2017, Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., to allow worker and equipment access to our gas line upgrade construction site. The remainder of the parking lot will be open and available to the public until spring 2017, when the parking lot will be closed for a few weeks to install the gas line in the immediate area. During this closure, alternative parking will be available on the west side of Mundy Park off of Hillcrest Street.

We understand that this work will impact some more than others and apologize for any inconvenience.

SURREY construction work will occur on:

  • King Road
  • 134 Street and 92 Avenue
  • Currie Drive
  • Kindersley Drive
  • 115 Avenue
  • 110A Avenue
  • 114 Avenue

Traffic impacts

We’re making every effort to minimize traffic impacts during construction by using trenchless—drilling under the road— construction wherever we can. Where traditional trench—open-cut—construction is necessary, some temporary lane closures will be required and traffic delays may occur.

We’ll post construction activity notifications here so you can plan your commute in advance.

Economic and employment benefits

We want to maximize the benefits of our projects in the community. We focus on providing opportunities for local and Aboriginal businesses and we look for other ways to provide local economic benefits during construction.  

In early 2016, we hosted a successful business-to-business networking event where the short-listed general contractors were introduced to other local businesses. This offered everyone the opportunity to create potential new working relationships.

FortisBC proudly supports the communities of Surrey and Coquitlam andwe look forward to our continued relationships with these municipalities. Local businesses are already seeing the benefits of the Surrey to Coquitlam Upgrade project. We estimate the overall capital cost of the project will be $171 million. Find out more.

Keeping you Informed

We’re committed to keeping the public informed about the gas line upgrade project every step of the way.  Since 2014, we’ve been meeting with local landowners, businesses, Aboriginal communities and municipal government representatives in both Surrey and Coquitlam to answer questions and address feedback.  

To date, we’ve held six public open houses, including two sessions inJanuary 2017; had numerous meetings with municipal government, engineering department and parks board staff in both municipalities; and have met with community and business associations in Surrey and Coquitlam including the Surrey Board of Trade, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.

We’ll continue sharing information with property owners and residents, Aboriginal communities, local businesses, municipalities, community and business organizations and commuters.

You’ll find current construction updates on this web page.  You can also do the following:

Did you know…

Read some interesting facts about the Surrey to Coquitlam natural gas line.

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