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Coquitlam and Surrey, BC
Urban pipeline construction
Horizontal Directional Drilling
Direct Pipe Installation
Michels was the Prime Contractor on the FortisBC Coastal Transmission System Project in the Lower Mainland of BC. Project challenges included constructing the pipeline in a densely populated urban environment, requiring the need for ongoing traffic control, provincial and municipal plan submittal and permitting. Michels interfaced with many of the project stakeholders, as well as the general public which utilize the pipeline right of way for recreational purposes.
The project included over 300 facility crossings while working in parallel proximity to Metro Vancouver’s water main and force main sanitary lines as well as the existing FortisBC natural gas transmission line. There were 25 road crossings and seven water course crossings on the project.
The trenchless work included major crossings of the Trans Canada Highway, Lougheed Highway and of United Boulevard/Mundy Creek. Crossings were re-designed due to the proximity of existing infrastructure and to limit disturbance to the public, combining several trenchless techniques to complete these crossings. Michels also completed three traditional Horizontal Direction Drilling projects that aided in schedule and constructability advantages.