Contractors are already in place if Shell and its partners do what is expected and issue a positive final investment decision on the LNG Canada project this year.
TransCanada said on Tuesday that construction contracts totalling $2.8 billion have been awarded for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline, pending a go ahead decision on the $40 billion LNG project.
In April, Fluor Corporation and Japan’s JGC Corp. were awarded the contract to design and build the LNG Canada plant, also conditionally based on a positive FID.
Companies awarded the new pipeline contracts are Surerus Murphy Joint Venture, SA Energy Group, Macro Spiecapag Joint Venture and Pacific Atlantic Pipeline Construction Inc.
The proposed pipeline would stretch approximately 670 kilometres from the Dawson Creek area to the LNG Canada facility near Kitimat.
The contractors will be directly responsible for hiring a projected 2,500 workers over the four-year construction period, with special emphasis placed on hiring locally first, giving priority to qualified local and Indigenous businesses in northern B.C., TransCanada said.