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.

Project updates

  • We are at the height of construction activity over the next couple weeks. We expect there to be approximately 1000 skilled workers on site as construction of the pipeline continues. The work is now focused on stringing and mainline welding, with the next major milestones being the completion of the HDD’s.
  • Construction activities are contributing to the economy.
  • Skilled trades people are from B.C. and Alberta and money is spent on local goods and services such as occupational health and safety services, construction materials and services, food, accommodations and transportation.

Did you know?

We hold emergency response exercises and meet regularly with local emergency responders to prepare for incidents.

First Nations Communities

  • Throughout the regulatory process, TransCanada engaged extensively with Indigenous groups, working with 27 communities and organizations near the project area.
  • First Nations communities participated in a number of biophysical and heritage resource field studies, including aquatics, wildlife, vegetation, wetlands and archaeology surveys. Indigenous groups also participated in mapping workshops and helicopter flyovers of the Project route. Following construction, regionally based Indigenous Relations liaisons will continue to collaboratively build and maintain relationships with local Indigenous groups, which will be ongoing over the life of the Project.

National Energy Board Construction Reports

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

You will see increased activity on the right-of-way this week as we are nearing the height of pipeline construction activity.

  • We daily operate daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for these areas.
  • There are night crews working 24/7 on the horizontal directional drills (HDDs).
  • There will be increased local traffic and noise due to construction activities. TransCanada and its construction contractor will seek to minimize this by scheduling construction during daylight hours from Monday to Saturday.
  • We maintain access for local traffic or minimize any sort of closure. Please use caution when nearing locations of construction activity and obey all roads signs.
Towerbirch Expansion Project: Coating and welding school

Pipeline construction training: Towerbirch Expansion Project pipeline crews participate in coating (left) and welding school.

Construction update

  • Our crews began welding and coating school this week.
  • All welders and coaters are properly trained on our pipeline specifications and TransCanada’s high standards for the Towerbirch Expansion project.
  • Welders are required to conduct a series of practice welds to ensure competency and a clear understanding of TransCanada’s welding standards.
  • Coaters are also required to attend school, where the coating product manufacturer teaches them the proper procedure for coating the large girth welds that connect sections of pipe.

Communicating with affected stakeholders

We are serious about the commitments we make to landowners who are affected by the project. Our project team is on hand to meet with affected landowners and discuss construction-related concerns. Landowners can contact us at:

1.855.458.6712
Toll-Free (North America)

National Energy Board construction reports

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

Construction update

Towerbirch Expansion Project Construction: Stringing pipe

Towerbirch Expansion Project Construction: Pipeline crews have beguns laying out, bending and stringing pipe.

  • Four new meter stations and an expansion to an existing meter station are being built as part of this project. We finished building the Dawson Creek East and Groundbirch East receipt meter stations. The Tower Lake meter station construction will began on July 28, 2017, and is expected to take eight weeks.
  • Our crews received two truckloads of pipe today, and pipeline stringing has begun on several sections.
  • Learn more about pipeline construction | TransCanada.com: Life Cycle of a Pipeline

Learn more about meter stations | DOWNLOAD Fact Sheet (2.87 MB)

Construction crews have begun stringing sections of pipe.

Rights-of-way

Learn more about pipeline crossings | DOWNLOAD Pipeline Crossings FAQs (26.86 KB)

Community investment

National Energy Board construction reports

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

Construction update

  • We 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

Our environmental specialists found a nest full of Northern Harrier hatchlings near the Towerbirch construction area. Our experts were careful not to disturb the chicks and established a no-work buffer zone around the nest.

Our environmental specialists found a nest full of Northern Harrier hatchlings near the Towerbirch construction area. Our experts were careful not to disturb the chicks and established a no-work buffer zone around the nest.

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.

National Energy Board construction reports

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

July 11, 2017 — Stripping and grading construction activities continue

Construction update

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.

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.

National Energy Board construction reports

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

July 4, 2017 — Towerbirch Expansion Pipeline Project receives final federal permit

Construction update

  • 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