Towerbirch Expansion Project


Overview

The 87 km (54 mile) Towerbirch Pipeline Expansion will provide a reliable, economical and environmentally sound solution for bringing B.C. natural gas to markets where it is needed most.

This $439-million project is both beneficial for the economy of northeastern B.C., and the many Canadian families and businesses that rely on natural gas each day.

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In the face of wildfires in British Columbia, we encourage people to support relief efforts by donating to the Canadian Red Cross, which has already mobilized people and resources to the region.

To show your support, visit RedCross.ca or call 1.800.418.1111 to find out how to support this important relief effort.

Latest project updates

  • We have started drilling the pilot holes for the Pouce Coupe River and Highway 97 horizontal directional drills or HDDs; there are four horizontal directional drills planned for the Towerbirch Expansion Project Unnamed Creek, Kiskatinaw River, Pouce Coupe River and Highway 97.
  • Did you know that an HDD is one of the ways we cross water safely? The protection of our water resources is of the utmost importance to both the environment and our business; learn more about how we protect water.

Wildlife protection

We continue to monitor and protect wildlife. This week, our bird specialists found and protected several bird nests.

We are monitoring air quality closely to ensure the safety of our people

Towerbirch construction activities are not being threatened by the forest fires in British Columbia. However, smoke levels are elevated and we are monitoring air quality closely to ensure the safety of our people.

Construction updates

TransCanada files detailed construction updates with the NEB every two weeks. Visit the Towerbirch Expansion Project's Regulatory section for the latest construction updates.

Stripping and grading activities continue this week. During this part of construction, landowners will see big piles of top soil along the right-of-way. We save the soil and use it later during land reclamation.

Learn more about clearing, grading and topsoil stripping in our Life Cycle of a Pipeline section.

Towerbirch Pipeline Expansion Project construction photos

 

A bulldozer scrapes topsoil and pushes it into a windrow along the west side of the Towerbirch Expansion project right-of-way.

A bulldozer scrapes topsoil and pushes it along the west side of the Towerbirch Pipeline Expansion Project right-of-way.

A bulldozer scrapes topsoil and pushes it into a windrow along the west side of the Towerbirch Expansion project right-of-way.

Towerbirch Pipeline Expansion Project right-of-way.

Construction updates

TransCanada files detailed construction updates with the NEB every two weeks. Visit the Towerbirch Expansion Project's Regulatory section for the latest construction updates.

  • Exciting news! We received our final federal government permit and can now begin pipeline construction. We expect construction to last four months with the pipeline operational by October/November 2017
  • Most of the clearing activities have been completed, and we will start stripping and grading next week
  • We are monitoring wildlife very closely — we have several bird experts on site and have put up silt fencing to protect tadpoles and frogs
Will create nearly 1,000 construction jobs
$1.5 million in property taxes generated for local communities
Will create 340 jobs for local businesses and suppliers

 

Project highlights

The project consists of:

  • 55 km of 36-inch pipeline paralleling the existing NGTL Groundbirch Mainline
  • Tower Lake Section: 32 km of 30-inch pipeline paralleling existing 3rd party pipeline(s)
  • Four new receipt meter stations
  • One expansion to an existing meter station

Towerbirch Pipeline in B.C. will crate nearly 1,000 construction jobs and 340 jobs for local businesses and suppliers.