The Coastal Gaslink pipeline has received approval to increase its workforce under an enhanced COVID-19 management plan, Northern Health has announced jointly with B.C.’s Public Health Officer (PHO).
“Our top priority is the health and safety of our workforce and their families, as well as Indigenous and local communities and will continue to evaluate our plans for effectiveness and implement improvements, as necessary,” Coastal GasLink stated in a public health order update.
B.C.’s PHO rescinded previous orders, which were issued in January, and developed a new COVID-19 management plan for all industrial camps within the province.
Orders are directed to companies who employ workers in the agricultural, aquacultural, forestry and resource sectors or who provide accommodation for them in an industrial camp or other congregate settings. This includes motel, hotel, lodge, or tents; people who are appointed as infection prevention and control coordinators by employers; workers in the agricultural, aquacultural, forestry and resource sectors; and drivers who transport workers in the agricultural, aquacultural, forestry and resource sectors.
Despite the industrial slow down which extended until mid-April, Coastal GasLink continued work on its project to build a natural gas pipeline from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada facility now under construction.
By March 29, 692 kilometres of pipe, the length of the route, had been delivered with zero safety incidents.
“With several milestones achieved on the project and more to come, Coastal GasLink continues to be vital to the long-term prosperity of the North, B.C.,” Coastal GasLink stated to the Northern Sentinel.
Coastal GasLink announced in its monthly construction updates, that the Morice Lake to Kitimat project route and ancillary sites are now 76 per cent cleared.
Grading has been completed to 39 per cent, with pipe installation underway including activities like stringing backfilling. The project has 253 workers at Sitka Lodge, Hunter Creek Lodge and 9A Lodge.
In January sites like LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink were ordered to set up a slow return to work after the holiday season.
Since then, Coastal GasLink has been working on health and safety measures that align with public health guidelines, communities safe, stated Coastal GasLink.