Construction of a new river water intake pipeline for the LNG Canada Project will begin April 1.
As part of the LNG processing plant design, water will be sourced from the Kitimat River and used for multiple areas of the project during both construction and operations. This will require the refurbishment of an existing in-water intake as well as construction of a new pumphouse, a new substation — located between the existing Eurocan and Rio Tinto pumphouses — and a 2.5 kilometre 30” high-density polyethylene pipeline to transport water to site.
The pipeline will be installed underground along with electrical cables and telecom fibre optic cables. The installation method will be a combination of conventional open cut trenching and trenchless crossings. Progressive hydro and cable testing will be conducted as sections are installed followed by a final test at completion. Local sumps will be established as required to manage ground and construction water during all excavations.
The contractor responsible for this work began mobilizing in mid-March. Construction activities will take place twenty-four hours a day — seven days per week — through Q4 of 2021. Nightshift work will be limited to critical activities. All permits, safety and environmental plans will be in place. Public access will be restricted in the area.
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