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Coastal GasLink pipeline 86.8% complete

The project employed 5,513 workers as of March 31, heading into spring breakup
This map shows the sections of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. | TC Energy handout image

Work on the Coastal GasLink pipeline was 86.8 per cent complete as of the end of March, according to information released by TC Energy on Friday.

Construction of the 670-km natural gas pipeline from west of Dawson Creek to Kitimat employed 5,513 workers as of the end of March 31, including 1,241 based out of Parsnip Lodge north of Prince George.

“As we enter spring and wind down our winter construction season, our crews are preparing for spring break-up, when field construction work is reduced due to soft, thawing ground conditions caused by melting snow,” the TC Energy update says. “During this time, our workforce is focused on critical and seasonally sensitive work, while also ensuring the integrity of site conditions and that enhanced erosion and sediment control measures are in place.”

As of the end of March, 587 km of pipe had been installed and 85 per cent of water crossing along the route were complete.

Pipeline installation in sections 1 and 4 of the project were complete, with installation between 60.9 per cent and 98.3 per cent complete in the remaining six sections of the project. Pipeline installation along section 3, which cross Highway 97 just north of Bear Lake, was 87.1 per cent complete as of March 31.

As of March 31, more than 44 million hours of work had been done on the project.