Saturday March 10, 2012

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Luckakuck Dig Slated For 2013

Did you know there is a high pressure natural gas pipeline running under Chilliwack?

Staff/Voice photo 


ac Manning, Manager Transmission South, and Joanne Metz, Community and Aboriginal Relations from Spectra Energy were in chambers to give an overview of the twin high pressure pipe upgrade that is going to take place in Chilliwack sometime in 2013.


Mac Manning: Thanks for the opportunity to present our companies here today. We are Spectra Energy, for the last 55 years, or so, the major natural gas supplier to the province of British Columbia. I'm responsible for day-to-day operations and manager of the pipeline from Chetwynd to Huntingdon.


Joanne Metz: I'm based in Savannah which is right close to Kamloops and my area of responsibility is from Williams Lake down to Huntingdon.


Today, as Mac pointed out, we're just going to walk you through, introduce ourselves to you. I don't know how many of you are familiar with our operations. We are right in the heart of your community, so, we wanted to introduce ourselves, talk about what we do in our program, and also some activities that are going to be happening in your area.


Slide 1 - The Midstream Value Chain

This gives you an overview of our company, the E&P which is just the wells and the gathering of the gas. We're a natural gas transportation company.


So we gather and ship the gas to our plants, and then we process it, and then you see the transportation portion which is our main pipeline, and we also have an NGL facility, but that's in Saskatewan.


The way I like to equate us is like a CP Rail. We are the infrastructure, we have the assets but we don't actually own the gas, we just transport the gas.


Slide 2 - Spectra Energy's Western Canada Operations

This is an overview of our Western Canadian operations. You see all the way up to Ft. Nelson, we're almost up to the Northwest Territories. We work through Fort St. John, and then the main pipeline is the double blue line at the bottom there running all the way from Huntingdon. And then we have Mid-Stream Assets which is our sister company and then we also have the NGL, which is another subsidiary. So we have 5300 kilometers of pipeline, and we ship enough gas daily to heat 2000 Vancouver homes.


Slide 3 - City of Chilliwack

This is where we are in your area. You see the map at the bottom and we have two (compressor) stations here in the Fraser Valley. We have one in Hope which is on Othello Rd and we have one in Rosedale.


The of course we have Huntingdon, which is our major exporter to the states and we hand off to Williams Northwest Pipeline.

We have two large pipelines, high pressure pipelines, in the area. Thirty and Thirty-six inch and the 132 km right-of-way there just explains that we are from the Coquihalla all the way down to Huntingdon. We have about 19 employees in the area from Rosedale, Chilliwack to Hope.


Slide 4 - City of Chilliwack

Here is just a little bit more of a microscopic view of it. You can see the 8A is actually in Merrit, then we run down through Hope, Rosedale, Chilliwack.


We pay about $64M dollars in tax annually based on our assets, and we pay Chilliwack about $1.8M to the City, but $3300 is for municipal taxes that we pay.


Slide 5 - Partner of Choice

A little bit about our programs and what we do.

Obviously this is part of my job as stakeholder engagement. Our practice is to engage early and often in communications if we have work or projects on the go.


We want to work with our communities and effective stakeholders to mitigate issues of concerns, and we work to find mutual interests and opportunity in our projects, and our operations in general.


And Aboriginal Relations, we like to base that on four pillars; relationship building, consultation and communication, capacity building and economic development.


We have objectives to the partner of choice. Advisor of choice. So this aligns with our partner of choice goals.


Slide 6 - Partner of Choice

Sustainability, we have an annual report that's going to be coming out April 2012. And sustainability for us is focusing on not only environmental, but economic and social sustainability.


We have a very strong philanthropic program for Step West, just the western operations that I showed you.


We donate about $1.2M to local charities, education and programs. We also work with the United Way of the Fraser Valley and all the areas that we work in and we also have a volunteer event, we do every year, it's called "Helping Hands" and so it's just an opportunity for employees to get out there, get in their communities and do some good work with some organizations that they're passionate about.


Strategic Giving Programs

  • Spectra Energy contributed over $1.2M to local charities, education, community sponsorships, health delivery and libraries.

  • Spectra Energy employees volunteered 4,470 hours to local community events.

  • Spectra Energy's United Way campaign raised over $613,000 throughout BC.

  • For local giving, over $9000 is provided throughout the Fraser Valley, here are some examples; the Salvation Army, School Districts #78 and #33, Fraser Valley Healthcare Foundation and the regional library.

Slide 7 - At Spectra Energy - Safety is our #1 Priority

A little bit more about our safety programs. Safety, obviously, is our number one priority, with two high pressure pipelines, in some cases there's three that are 42" in some of the loops.


We do a lot for integrity and operational liability program, and these are some examples; we do aerial patrol of our right-of-way, we have tests of block valves, we are constantly sending pigs through the line, those are those tools that actually gather data and tell us what the integrity of the pipe is and there is a winch in some of the loops. We do encroachment, meaning we don't want anybody actually having a facility right on the pipeline or close to the pipeline.


Stream protection and right-of-way maintenance. So those are just some examples of what we do and it's an annual program where it's something we do annually.


Slide 8 - Spectra Energy's Safety and Environmental and Systems

This is just a little bit focused north at Dawson Creek and our plants up there because Co2 emissions are a very big concern for a lot of people. So generally these are focused up north.


These are just some examples of the aerial program patrol of our right-of-way. We do have specific monitoring programs, internal and external inspections and audits for environmental and safety concerns.


Slide 9 - Typical Right-if Way Safety Concerns

This gives you an idea of what our right-of-way looks like. Generally it's about 18m wide, so it's anywhere from 60-100 feet wide, and we have a 30m safety zone and that just means, again, we don't want anybody coming too close to the pipes for their safety.


As this mentions there's two high pressure pipelines, and some cases there's three.


I forgot to mention that we are regulated by the national energy board, we're federally regulated, not through the OGC. The other thing of interest for this area is we've been working with the board on the farming activities in the area in terms of the 12 inch barrier. We don't want anybody digging too deep, so we've been working in terms of depth of cover with a lot of the farmers in the area to make sure we're meeting our regulations with that.


We want them to notify us, and vice-versa we have to know to notify the board if we find those types of situations.


Slide 10 - Public and Emergency Awareness

We have a three-year (team) rotation from the north, central and south, where we go out and this is where we actually knock on people's doors so, if you're living on the right-of-way, we are knocking on your door giving you safety information and contact information and more importantly, call before you dig or what to do in an emergency.


We also have an emergency preparedness team and they work with the local responders, they work with the fire department and the police in terms of training and education.


Another big one is working with contractors. We generally host a contractor breakfast every few years, we had one here in the past and that's for anybody that's a contractor. We partner with Fordis or Kinder Morgan and we bring them for breakfast and we say 'this is what you need to do and be aware of.'


This is where we are and this is why you have to call before you dig.


Slide 11 - What's Happening in Your Area?

A class upgrade we've discovered after an assessment of the pipe is required for a 30" mainline pipeline under Luckakuck Way.


Right now we're just doing our preliminary investigative work. We've been working with your city planners and engineers talking about what the infrastructure is. We're doing some investigative work and project planning and obviously we're starting our communications and consultation with that.


We're looking at a 2013 or beyond for construction and obviously the communications and consultation are an ongoing piece of this work. As information becomes available, we will be in touch to notify and work together, that's the most important thing, we want to identify concerns or issues and we want to work together.


We're coming to you for input and suggestions on how to make this as streamlined as possible.


As part of that, we're also going to be installing two crossover valves. These are valves where if we need to take one line down, and keep one running that helps us to do so because when we do any kind of work on the pipe, generally it's a replacement or an upgrade, we have to take it out of service, so we have to have one pipe running.


So those crossover valves are going to be done this year, and one is near South Sumas Rd and the other one is south of No. 4 Road where those are going, so we're working with individual landowners on that.


Other things, we have on-going right-of-way vegetation management and as we know weeds, everyone passionate about weeds, so we have to manage our weeds on the right-of-way.


We do the corrosion digs, that's also part of the integrity program so as I mentioned the "pinging" when it picks up data and we have to go and investigate the pipe. Emergency response, I mentioned that where we work with your local first responders and we just mention other areas of interest.


Aboriginal land claims are important to us up north as well as down here. Third party activity as I mentioned is working with our contractors.


Those are always ongoing, annually.


Slide 12 - Growing Market Diversity For BC Natural Gas

This just gives you an overview of what is happening in natural gas. You see up there in the Horn River on the Montenay, shale has just become the "gas of production", the discovery of all the shale, so the activity has significantly increased and that just shows you where our infrastructure is and compares to how we're going to get that gas to market.

They're strategically placed. Station Two is where Mac mentioned which is near Chetwynd. And as you can see there's lots of opportunities. We've been hearing lots about L&G and also shipping it to Alberta and so forth, so we feel we're uniquely positioned to get that gas to market.


Slide 13 - Working Together

To be successful obviously we need to work with local governments such as yourselves, federal government, and our regulators, in terms of our projects.


One example is we're working with the NAB and the FLNRO in terms of how we can streamline the processes for permitting and getting those approvals through because we know it's a viable market for everybody, so we want to work together with our regulators for that.


If you have concerns you can contact Spectra Energy, 67301 Othello Road, Hope BC. Office: 604-860-7600. The toll free pipeline crossing phone number is 1-866-262-3654 or via e-mail here.



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