CGL hits ‘mechanical completion’ ahead of schedule

Our newsletter: 09 November 2023

CGL hits mechanical completion, early

Coastal GasLink, having completed installation of its 670-kilometre pipeline from Dawson Creek to Kitimat, then moved on to “mechanical completion” — ahead of its year-end schedule.

That included documentation, additional engineering analysis, and safely addressing any potential deficiencies, now that all pipe has been welded, coated, lowered into the trench, tested, backfilled, and connected to facilities.

Later will come the introduction of gas: air in the pipeline is removed and pressurized natural gas is introduced, section by section, from east to west.

And when LNG Canada is ready to accept gas comes commissioning: The pipeline and facilities will be tested to be ready to deliver natural gas to LNG Canada’s facility at Kitimat.

It was all big news on our social-media channels.

  • The Oct. 30 announcement from Coastal Gas Link of installation generated 519 shares and “likes” on LinkedIn.
  • Our Facebook stories on it were shared 230 times, and generated 172 likes.
  • And the CGL news generated 48 audience interactions on our X-Twitter

Map: LNG routes to Asia

Long future seen for Canadian LNG

The Canadian Gas Association sees growing Asian demand — from Japan in particular — for Canadian LNG.

And it’s not alone in seeing a long future for LNG: Executives in the natural-gas industry expect strong demand for the fuel in Asia through 2040 and 2050 as countries continue their coal-to-gas switch, and look to meet emission reduction goals.

And a new report from U.K.-based Evaluate Energy says that, by 2030, Canada could be supplying five per cent of global LNG — slightly more than the gas-rich Middle East.

Timothy Egan, president of the Canadian Gas Association, told S&P Global Commodity Insights: “A number of Asian embassies, and Japan in particular, have been talking to Canadian industry players about securing supplies and are saying ‘We want you in the market and we want your product.”

And managing director Martin King of RBN Energy said in an interview: “There’s a palpable sense in the gas business that we’re going to actually have a real, viable outlet for Canadian gas exports other than the United States.”

Meanwhile, Alberta’s Canadian Energy Centre said government revenues from Canada’s natural-gas sector could reach over US$227 billion (C$305 billion) through 2050. And capital expenditures could hit over US$297 billion (C$400 billion)\.

Photo Harley Chingee

Harley Chingee, chief, McLeod Lake Band

Indigenous clean-energy news

  • The McLeod Lake Indian Band in BC signs with the province to lead a $7-billion clean-energy plan. It includes several Indigenous owned and operated projects, starting with a hydrogen production facility and a plant to skim liquids such as ethylene from natural gas in the four pipelines already running across McLeod Lake territory:
  • Tahltan Nation partners with Solvest to install solar systems at mining project on Collectively, the projects are worth approximately $7 billion and could create as many as 2,000 construction jobs and 500 permanent, full-time jobs.
  • Ontario’s Hydro One scores Gold in Indigenous relations; moves forward on three priority projects:
  • Kluane First Nation in Yukon sets up wind turbine, with biofuel and solar-energy projects also in the works:
  • Seven Mi’kmaq Nations in New Brunswick sign equity agreements with developers of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs):
  • EverWind Fuels, along with partner Membertou First Nation, files for environmental assessments of two Nova Scotia wind farms:
  • Green energy pause in Alberta delays at least six projects with Indigenous involvement:
  • Wunnumin Lake First Nation in Ontario hooks up to electrical grid via the Wataynikaneyap Power project, owned by 24 First Nations:
  • SolarBank Corporation buys 49.9% of Ontario solar project, with the remainder owned by Whitesand First Nation:
  • Ten Indigenous communities and First Nations complete Phase 1 of the federal Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative:


  •  Big numbers from Coastal GasLink:
  • The Nisga’a Nation is making progress towards making Ksi Lisims LNG a reality, benefitting Indigenous communities, Canadians, and the world:
  • Wab Kinew, Indigenous success and the case for a national Indigenous guaranteed-loan program:
  • Canada on track to miss 2030 climate target due to program delays, says federal Environment Commissioner Jerry DeMarco:
  • The BC Environmental Assessment Office holds a public online info session Tuesday Nov. 14, noon to 2pm PST, on the Nisga’a Nation’s proposed Ksi Lisims LNG project. Register here:
  • The final pieces are falling into place for the $6.8-billion Woodfibre LNG project:



  • Webcast to watch on Nov. 21 (from Conversations Live with Stuart McNish), with our Alliance chair, Chief Crystal Smith, among the panelists:


  • The 21st annual BC Natural Resources Forum, Prince George, Jan. 16-18:
  • National Coalition of Chiefs Clean Energy Summit, Feb. 15-16, Tsuut’ina Nation, near Calgary:
  • The First Nations Major Projects Coalition’s 7th annual conference, Toronto, April 22-23:
  • The 8th Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference, Nanaimo: April 24 – 26.
  • The International Gas Research Conference, Banff, May 13-16. Our Alliance CEO, Karen Ogen, is on the national organizing committee.
  • Forward Summit: Empowering Indigenous Economies, May 14-15, Tsuut’ina Nation, near Calgary:
  • National Coalition of Chiefs Energy and Natural Resource Summit, June 9-10, Tsuut’ina Nation, near Calgary:

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