AltaGas Utilities Inc. (AUI) is moving forward with a major pipeline replacement project in the Town of Stettler, part of a continuing program to revitalize AUI’s natural gas pipeline system.
The project will involve the replacement of over 16 km of aging pipeline infrastructure installed over 50 years ago. Construction activities kicked off on April 30th and are expected to wrap up at the end of June.
“Despite all of the recent challenges with COVID-19, it is critical we continue with our major replacement programs,” said Mark Lowther, AUI’s president. “The safety and reliability of our system is a critical priority for the health and safety of Albertans, and this project will ensure the Town of Stettler continues to have access to clean, reliable energy for decades to come.”
Although the Government of Alberta has placed restrictions on work deemed non-essential as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the work performed by AUI employees and contractors has been classified as an essential service.
AUI has put numerous protective protocols into place to ensure employees, contractors, and the public are kept safe. This will include strict physical distancing rules and hygiene practices as set out by the Government of Alberta.
“It’s also important for us to continue to invest in the communities we serve,” said Lowther. “This project alone will keep over 60 Albertans employed, and help to inject dollars into the Stettler economy by supporting local businesses. I think we can all agree how important that is during this difficult and unprecedented time.”
There will be some disturbances to residents over the course of the project as a result of excavations in certain areas or roadway restrictions.
AUI will make all reasonable efforts to minimize the disturbances and restore surfaces to their previous state upon completion of the project, noted a release.
The project areas and excavations will be clearly marked and secured for public safety; however AUI asks the public to be cautious around the project areas.
Customers in the affected construction areas will receive a letter directly from AUI with more information.