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
Construction will include:
- The three natural gas fields (Taglu, Parsons Lake and
- 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
- Temporary and permanent roads
- Sand and gravel sources (borrow sites)
- Stockpile sites
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.
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.
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