Newsletter: CGL construction “in full swing.” And more. . . .

Our newsletter: 03 August 2023

Coastal GasLink construction

CGL construction “in full swing”

The Coastal GasLink pipeline is heading beyond 91% over-all completion, with more than 630 km of pipe installed, and more than 92% of water crossings complete.

CGL sees “mechanical completion” by the end of this year.

Hydrostatic testing is complete or underway in every section. This testing fills a section of the pipeline with water, and then pressurizes the line to check for leaks.

At last count, there were 4,785 workers on the job across the project

Meanwhile, parent company TC Energy says the line will be completed without any further increase in costs.

Bevin Wirzba, TC Energy executive vice-president, said his company is maintaining its previously announced completion target and most recent cost estimate ($14.5 billion).

“We’ve had our share of really complex and risky parts of the project to accomplish, and I’m really proud that the team has delivered upon all of them. . . . We have all the plans in place to deliver and finish strong in the year-end.”

Mexico-Canada LNG graphic

B.C. LNG faces tough competition

A federal minister, speaking at the world LNG2023 conference about LNG exports, said that “Canada must keep pace because we cannot afford to fall behind.”

But as he spoke in Vancouver there came word of even more competition for Canada’s exports of LNG from the West Coast.

The U.S. already leads the world in LNG liquefaction capacity — and two more LNG-for-export plants will come online in 2024, meaning the U.S. will then have nine. Seven more are under construction, and 28 further ones are in various stages of proposal, planning, development, or working toward capacity and financial commitments.

Our latest blog notes that B.C. still has an edge over U.S. Gulf Coast plants in the costs of shipping LNG to Asian terminals.

But Mexico has announced plans to develop eight LNG-for-export terminals that would get U.S. and/or Canadian natural gas via the US. And four of those plants would be on Mexico’s west coast, with lower shipping costs to Asia than U.S. Gulf Coast facilities.

Canada LNG graphic

 Our special website shared

Calgary-based Canada Action was the latest fan of natural-resource development to share our IndigenousLNG website, posting the graphic above.

Canada Action said on Twitter/X:We must take a global outlook to reducing emissions. Canadian LNG is Indigenous LNG which represents a meaningful and immediate opportunity for climate action:

Canada wind farm

Indigenous clean-energy news


  • The Nisga’a Nation and its partners have taken another step towards developing the $10-billion Ksi Lisims LNG facility:
  • Supporting Canadian LNG projects is good for the economy, the planet, and First Nations:
  • Canadian LNG can play a significant role in reducing emissions in Asia. But we need to pick up the pace:
  • Exporting LNG is Canada’s ‘biggest card’ in tackling global coal emissions:
  • Alberta backs $103-million loan for five Indigenous communities to acquire 43% interest in natural-gas-liquids pipeline system:
  • LNG projects should be constructed on Canada’s east coast to help meet European demand:



  • Carbon Capture Canada, Sept. 12-14, Edmonton:
  • Renowned energy expert Vaclav Smil on what will it take to reach net-zero emissions targets, Sept. 25, Vancouver, hosted by Resource Works. Tickets here


  • Nation2Nation’s 7th annual forum in Terrace BC, Oct. 17-19: (Early-bird prices are in effect until August 10.)


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(Posted here 07 August 2023)

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