Urban Pipeline Replacement Project – Industry Project Update
ATCO builds, owns and operates an extensive network of natural gas transmission and distribution infrastructure in Alberta. Following significant pipeline ruptures such as San Bruno in 2010, ATCO developed an accelerated integrity management initiative, the Urban Pipeline Replacement (UPR) Program. On January 17, 2014, ATCO received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission to proceed with the UPR Program. The multi-year program will see ATCO replace and relocate its vintage high-pressure natural gas pipelines in Calgary and Edmonton primarily into the Transportation/ Utility Corridors (TUCs) surrounding both cities. The UPR Program will modernize the natural gas network and add the capacity needed to meet growing demand for natural gas. The existing pipelines will either be removed from service or transferred to distribution service at much lower pressures. ATCO will also be constructing several new low pressure lines and gate stations to connect its system to new infrastructure. Since approval in 2014, ATCO has made significant progress to date on completing the UPR Program.
Adam Chambers, Senior Project Manager ATCO Gas Transmission
Adam Chambers is a Senior Project Manager in ATCO’s Gas Transmission division, working on the Southwest Calgary Connector segment of the Urban Pipeline Replacement Project. He earned his Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Calgary and joined ATCO more than ten years ago. During that time, he has had the opportunity to participate and lead a variety of exciting and challenging projects. Adam also spent time working in the Operations area in the Gas Distribution division.