If you were looking out at Howe Sound from the shores of Squamish on Wednesday morning, you may have seen a barge carrying some interesting equipment and wondered what it was for.
Squamish's John Buchanan saw it and captured these photos.
The equipment is part of FortisBC’s Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) for the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project.
"Our tunnel contractor Frontier-Kemper Michels Joint Venture will use two TBMs to construct a tunnel between Squamish and the Woodfibre LNG site, under the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area," said FortisBC's Jillian Drews in an email to The Squamish Chief.
"The tunnel is a key part of our plan to avoid any surface disturbance and protect the sensitive ecosystems and wildlife in that area."
Drews added that the equipment was built in Germany and transported to B.C. by ship.
The equipment is being stored until FortisBC begins construction on the project.
Pipeline construction is expected to occur starting this year through 2026.