Click to return to home page Mackenzie Northern Gas Pipeline Project What's New Mackenzie Northern Gas Pipeline Project Learn More Mackenzie Northern Gas Pipeline Project Site Map Mackenzie Northern Gas Pipeline Project Links Mackenzie Northern Gas Pipeline Project Industry Definitions Mackenzie Northern Gas Pipeline Project Contact Us
Search Mackenzie Gas Project
Mackenzie Natural Gas Northern Pipeline Project header
Mackenzie Natural Gas Northern Pipeline Group Who We AreMackenzie Natural Gas Northern Pipeline Project The ProjectMackenzie Natural Gas Northern Pipeline Project Our CommitmentMackenzie Natural Gas Northern Pipeline Project Opportunities


Construction and Operation

The Mackenzie Gas Project must have regulatory approval before construction can begin.

A preliminary plan has been developed based on four years of construction activity for the pipeline and related facilties. The first year of construction involves clearing the right-of-way and starting to build the infrastructure, such as camps, storage facilities and roads, which will be needed during the major construction. The pipeline and related facilities and the remaining infrastructure will be constructed in the following years.

Construction of the pipeline image

Construction will include:

  • The three natural gas fields (Taglu, Parsons Lake and Niglintgak)
  • The gathering system that carries both natural gas and natural gas liquids from the producing fields to a gas processing plant in the Inuvik area
  • A natural gas liquids pipeline that delivers natural gas liquids from the Inuvik area facility to an existing Enbridge pipeline at Norman Wells
  • A natural gas pipeline that delivers natural gas from the Inuvik area facility to northwestern boundary
  • Facilities including four compressor stations and natural gas liquids processing at the Inuvik area facility
  • Other sites associated with the Project, such as:

    • Construction camps
    • Barge landing sites
    • Airstrips
    • Temporary and permanent roads
    • Sand and gravel sources (borrow sites)
    • Stockpile sites

Planning

Construction plans will be developed for each part of the Project before work begins. Each plan helps ensure all construction activities are safe and environmentally responsible.

The remote location and seasonal constraints of this Project require significant preparation and preplanning. Lighting will be required some of the time for safety. The preliminary plan will be modified as detailed design progresses. This includes consideration of field services and further input from northern communities.

Camps

Temporary, self-contained work camps will be set up and operated during construction. They will have their own water and electrical power as well as facilities for sewage treatment, garbage incineration and disposal. Camp staff will provide housekeeping and meal services. Medical facilities will be provided.

Each of the three natural gas fields will have a camp to support drilling and facility construction operations. Camps will also be set up along the pipeline route, at compressor station sites, and at the natural gas and liquids processing facility near Inuvik.

Communities along the proposed route will be consulted to identify the best location for these camps.

More than 40 camps will be needed to house the thousands of construction and support personnel required to drill wells, build facilities and lay pipelines for the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project. Workers will be located in the camps, where a strict, zero-tolerance alcohol and drug policy will apply.

Camp sizes will depend on the construction activity they are supporting. Two types of camps are needed:

  • Stationary camps - About 20 camps will be required for drilling, pipeline and facility construction. Preliminary estimates of sizes include:

    • Pipeline - 10 camps, ranging from 900 to 1,350 beds
    • Facilities - six camps, ranging from 60 to 250 beds
    • Hay River Camp - 300 beds
  • Mobile Camps - Moveable (or "pioneer") camps will be needed to house up to 70 people involved in early work such as clearing and grading, constructing stationary camps, access roads and other infrastructure. These camps are sleigh or barge mounted for ease of movement.

Click to view the Camps Information Sheet (654.7 KB PDF)

back | top

 

  Legal Statement   Photo credits
Click to return to home page