The following letter is from John Dunn, Vice President of Prince Rupert Gas Transmission with an update on PRGT’s construction plans, along with the current proposed construction schedule for each of the three terrestrial construction sections.
Since early 2013, Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) has been engaging with our neighbours, communities and Aboriginal groups about our project. Last November, we received approval from the BC Environmental Assessment Office and recently received the first of a number of BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) approvals. We anticipate receiving the balance of these OGC permits in June.
In order to proceed with the first construction activities (preparing construction camps and ancillary sites) PRGT will require the approval of our customer Pacific NorthWest LNG. This early construction work could begin as early as July 1st. Should we not receive remaining permits, and approval to proceed by our customer, this early construction work would not begin at this time. Major mechanical construction of PRGT will proceed only after we receive a positive Final Investment Decision from our customer later this year.
The initial construction activity will be limited to site clearing and preparing construction camp sites, clearing the related sites for stockpiling construction material, and upgrading roads along the route. It is expected that the effect on land and local communities will be minimal as most of the camps will be built on already disturbed land, and any new areas required will be very small. The establishment of these camps as early as possible is one of the most effective ways of limiting impact on local communities, as it allows our workers to be housed in self-contained camps with their own services.
PRGT and our construction contractors will be engaging with local businesses and service providers about the various job and business opportunities that will be made available throughout the course of construction of PRGT. Further information on this engagement will be provided in the coming weeks.
We are committed to engaging with communities and will be sharing information and working with communities to identify and manage issues through regular engagement activities.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.
Toll Free: 1.855.253.0099 (Toll-free)
Sincerely,John Dunn Vice President – Prince Rupert Gas Transmission TransCanada
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