Pacific Trail Pipeline

Pacific Trail Pipeline

The Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP) is a proposed 480 kilometre natural gas pipeline that will safely and reliably deliver natural gas from the Liard and Horn River Basins in northeastern B.C. via Summit Lake, to the Kitimat LNG facility site at Bish Cove on the northwest coast of British Columbia.

Kitimat LNG will help provide a reliable, secure, cleaner-burning fuel to Asia. The PTP has a benefits agreement with the 16 First Nations bands whose traditional territory is along the proposed PTP route. Chevron is committed to the PTP being built and operated in a manner that, above all, protects people and the environment. 

Pacific Trail Pipeline preliminary planned route

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First Nations Benefits and Opportunities

The First Nations Limited Partnership Agreement (FNLP) is a benefit agreement between Chevron, Woodside and all 16 First Nation bands whose territories are located along the proposed route of the Pacific Trail Pipeline from Summit Lake to Kitimat.

This agreement is unique among any pipelines in Western Canada. A similar agreement is in place with the Haisla Nation for the LNG facility to be located on Haisla reserve land at Bish Cove.

The First Nations Limited Partnership ensures First Nations receive benefits and have direct access to the economic opportunities presented by the proposed Kitimat LNG project.

The FNLP Agreement has already meant direct First Nations access to jobs in many areas, from environmental monitoring, security services, trucking and transportation services, logging and clearing, ambulance services, camp accommodation and a wide variety of other services.

First Nation Benefits and Opportunities

See how the Kitimat LNG project works with local First Nations groups to ensure the responsible and safe implementation of the project

FNLP benefits so far:

  • Over 1,600 First Nations trained through the PTP Aboriginal Skills to Employment Partnership (PTP ASEP).
  • Over 900 PTP ASEP trainees have found jobs.
  • 380,000 PTP construction hours have been completed by First Nation workers (64% of total).
  • $245 million in PTP construction contracts have been awarded to FNLP member businesses (65% of total).
  • $81 million in construction expenditures have been sourced from First Nations contractors.
  • $15 million in benefit agreement payments have been made to FNLP members.
  • On the Liquefied Natural Gas plant, approximately 85% of the construction spending to date has been awarded to Haisla Nation businesses.
  • Haisla employment has been over 200,000 hours.

Project Benefits

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Employment and Supplier Opportunities

Pacific Trail Pipeline Jobs

Surveying, geotechnical, and preliminary clearing work are under way on the Pacific Trail Pipeline. At the peak of construction we expect more than 1,500 people will be employed. The Pacific Trail Pipeline will also employ many local Northern British Columbians with construction activities located close to many communities along the proposed route, from Summit Lake, B.C. to Kitimat.

Employment and Supplier Opportunities

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Pipeline Safety

The Pacific Trail Pipeline will adhere to Chevron’s philosophy of Operational Excellence with the goal of being incident and injury free.

Operational Excellence means that at Chevron, we believe all incidents are preventable, and we have policies, processes, tools and behavioral expectations in place to achieve that goal.

For the natural gas Pacific Trail Pipeline, Operational Excellence means adhering to the highest standards available, protecting people and the environment and making sure everyone returns home to their families, safely every day. In addition to safety, we focus on environmentally sensitive areas such as native vegetation, fish and wildlife habitat, stream and river protection and the preservation of archaeological and heritage resource sites through impact assessments, environmental management plans, monitoring and restoration programs.

Protecting People

Safe Operations

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Natural Gas Pipeline Construction

The Pacific Trail Pipeline will be constructed using proven technologies and techniques as well as materials that meet or exceed standards.

Stages of Construction

  1. With necessary permits in place, clear a right-of-way to a width of 38 meters.
  2. Remove topsoil and store for later re-vegetation.
  3. Sections of pipe are welded together.
  4. Dig a trench to a depth of 3 meters.
  5. Lay pipe in the trench.
  6. Cover the pipeline.
  7. Begin re-vegetation, reducing the right-of-way to 18 meters.
  8. Compressed air and water hydro-testing is used to test pipeline for safety and reliability.

Chevron believes in mitigating risk at the start of every project through careful design and selection of the safest route to transport natural gas. Before construction can begin, the Pacific Trail Pipeline will have received all of the necessary regulatory approvals as well as easement and access rights.

During construction, Chevron’s goals are to ensure the safety of the public, contractors and employees and protect the surrounding environment.

We place the highest priority on safety every step of the way because safety is a fundamental core value that we will not compromise.

Safe Operations

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Pacific Trail Pipeline Infographic

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Pacific Trail Pipeline Aboriginal Skills and Employment Program

Providing direct access to employment training and jobs on the Pacific Trail Pipeline is the Pacific Trail Pipeline Aboriginal Skills and Employment Program (PTP ASEP).

PTP ASEP is implementing Aboriginal training-to-employment programs to participants from the 16 First Nation bands who are members of the FNLP. PTP ASEP uses a forward thinking approach of teaching construction and operations skills in the natural gas sector to be ready for the anticipated high demand and to create lasting benefits for Aboriginal individuals, communities and families across British Columbia.

Examples of jobs training provided by PTP ASEP include:

  • Core Certification
  • Environmental Tech Certification
  • Fish Habitat Monitor
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Industry Essential Skills and Pipeline Construction Training

More information can be found on the PTP ASEP website at www.ptpasep.ca
Pacific Trail Pipeline: Moving Energy Responsibly

Find out how the Pacific Trail Pipeline will be constructed for the Kitimat LNG Project

Project Participants

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