Spectra gives update on expansion project

Naomi Larsen, Chetwynd Echo


CHETWYND – Spectra Energy was in Chetwynd last week to talk about their High Pine Expansion Project with Chetwynd town council at their Monday meeting.

Roger Fluter, Project manager said the project is an expansion to the main transmission line that runs north to south throughout BC.

“We have a open season for customers back in May,” he said. “The results of that brought forth this project and we began at the end of May.”

Fluter said there are two loops: one is a 9 km loop that starts at an existing meter station 30 km northwest of Wonowon and the other is a 29 km loop which starts nine kilometres south of Dinosaur Lake and travels to Compressor Station 2. The new line will parallel the existing pipeline system for about 15 km with the remainder head through the same route proposed by the Westcoast Gas Connector.

Fluter said they will also be adding a compressor unit to the Sunset Creek Compressor Station.

“It’s about a 30,000 horsepower compressor,” Fluter said. It is scheduled to be in service by the end of 2016.

The pipeline size is 42-inch which Fluter said will give them the added volume required.

“Currently we have completed our environmental field studies,” he said.

Talese Shilleto, community coordinator said those studies included working with local First Nations and having them assist with the archeology studies.

Shilleto said they have been working with First Nations since the project was first proposed.

Fluter said next up will be the socio-economic aspect of the project.

“We will be sourcing local labour and expertise,” he said. As well, Fluter said they will be encouraging the use of local hotels and businesses.

Councillor Ernest Pfanner said in regards to camps versus Chetwynd, he would really like to see Chetwynd promoted.

“If there’s a choice, we’d like to see the workers staying in Chetwynd as opposed to staying out in camps,” he said. “We service basically our ambulance, our hospital, out police, and they would have to take care of the camps anyway.”

Pfanner said if workers stay in Chetwynd, the town would see some benefit.

Fluter said he would bring that concern back with him and admitted if he was a worker he would rather stay in town than a camp.

The project is expected to take from March 2016 to end of October with around 450 being employed during construction.