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07.19.16 / Community

Q&A with project manager Ian Miki

Surrey to Coquitlam gas line upgrade project manager Ian Miki has been with FortisBC (and its predecessor companies) for over 14 years. His background is in civil engineering, with several years of experience working on transportation projects. We spoke with Ian to learn more about this project.

Starting in early 2017, we’ll be constructing 11 km of natural gas transmission line in Surrey and Coquitlam. This new gas line will run parallel to our existing line that’s been in service for almost 60 years, serving over 600,000 customers in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

Why is this new gas line needed?

The existing gas line that runs from Surrey to Coquitlam is regularly maintained and inspected to ensure safe and reliable operation, and we do regular risk analysis on our natural gas systems. While we’ve never had any issues with this gas line, we determined that having a backup line will reduce operational risk and ensure continued service reliability for our customers.

What makes this project interesting or challenging?

We rarely construct long lengths of transmission line in the Lower Mainland. The scope and scale of this project makes it unique… having such a large project in an urban environment definitely makes it interesting and challenging. We have limited work space, many road crossings and we’ll be in close proximity to residences and businesses.

What’s the best part of your job?

I really enjoy working with the talented, dedicated people on my team.  I also enjoy meeting with municipalities, Aboriginal communities, businesses, property owners and strata councils, and making sure we satisfy all the project requirements.

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