Ever sit at the stoplight in downtown Squamish and wonder where those truckloads of large, rusty-looking pipes on the backs of trucks are from and where they are going? Wonder no more.
The 40-foot long Baosteel pipes are from China and are heading from the Squamish Terminals to the TransCanada, North Montney Mainline Project in the Peace River District of Alberta, according to Kim Stegeman-Lowe, vice-president of administration at Squamish Terminals.
First, though, the pipes will go to the BCR Northyards and then be shipped the rest of the way by rail. Once in northern Alberta, they will be double-jointed and coated – they aren’t actually old; they just look like they are.
The pipes will be part of the expansion of existing Groundbirch Mainline, a natural gas pipeline.
Squamish Terminals will ultimately unload 70,000 metric tonnes of pipe for the project, coming in six shipments. The shipments result in between 40 to 80 truckloads of pipe per day leaving the Squamish Terminals.