​700-person lodge for Coastal GasLink opens near Chetwynd, B.C.

Miranda McNeil, a Coastal GasLink construction monitor for the McLeod Lake Indian Band who will live at Sukunka Lodge. Image: Coastal GasLink

West Moberly First Nations and partner Black Diamond Group officially opened the Sukunka Lodge on Oct. 31, a camp located near Chetwynd, B.C. that will house up to 700 workers building the $6.2-billion Coastal GasLink Pipeline.

West Moberly is partnered with Black Diamond Group to deliver all services at Sukunka Lodge, from catering to security.

The company and the First Nation entered into an equity-based partnership called Black Diamond Cygnus in 2011.

The lodge is currently home to approximately 150 men and women, according to a Coastal GasLink project update on Thursday.

Occupancy is expected to grow as work ramps up next year, reaching a peak of approximately 700 in the fall of 2020 when pipeline installation will be in full swing along the first few hundred kilometres of the route, the company said.

Total workforce on the pipeline project is expected to peak at 2,500.

Coastal GasLink will connect natural gas production from the Dawson Creek region to the LNG Canada project near Kitimat, which is expected to start operating in 2025.