The new pipeline will be about 13 kilometres long, 300 millimetres (about 12 inches) in diameter, and buried for its entire length at least 2.5 metres (8 feet) underground.
The pipeline will consist of specialty steel pipe manufactured in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard A53 (Grade B) and will installed to the standards established by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standard Z662-03 for Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems. The pipeline installation and operation will be regulated by the BC Oil and Gas Commission.
Construction will include extensive use of directional drilling (particularly for water body crossings and intersections) to mitigate potential envrionmental impacts and avoid disruption of vehicle and marine vessel traffic.
Prior to commissioning, the pipeline will be thoroughly tested and cleaned in accordance with construction and operational requirements, and clearly marked along its entire length. Similar to all other utility installation, location information will be provided to the City of Richmond and locator services.
Modern pipeline systems have the benefit of precise locating technologies, new materials and coatings, and high-tech installation techniques to reduce disturbances during construction.
The pipeline systems will:
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