Gas line project creates jobs

Nupqu Resource Limited Partnership plans to upgrade 200 kilometres for the FortisBC gas line project

An Indigenous business could benefit from FortisBC gas line upgrades in the East Kootenay region.

Nupqu Resource Limited Partnership, a natural resource management consulting and contracting business owned by the communities of the Ktunaxa Nation, has recently cleared 200 kilometres of the gas line site for the FortisBC gas line project.

It comes in conjunction with a tertiary Ktunaxa partner called Kettle River Contracting.

“This is a great example of how we’re working with companies within the Ktunaxa network to grow the scope of services we can offer,” said Kevin Wilson, Nupqu business development manager in a recent press release. “Nupqu is owned by the Indigenous communities that make up the Ktunaxa Nation, and our mandate is to support those communities wherever we can.

“In the big picture, we see a future for our company as a quarterback, a prime contractor, tapping into our network and putting a team together to get a job done.”

The FortisBC Inland Gas Upgrades project is expected to upgrade 29 sections of natural gas lines throughout four regions of B.C., including the North, the Thompson-Okanagan, the Cariboo, as well as in the East and West Kootenay over the coming years. The goal is to improve safety and reliability of operations, while ensuring there is proactive maintenance on new equipment.

According to FortisBC, the Nupqu project will employ 65 people from the Ktunaxa communities to complete roles in forestry, environmental, and safety management work this season. It is the first of several upcoming partnerships held between FortisBC and Nupqu Development Corporation this year.

“We first hired Nupqu to do some clearing work for us on a small project and continued to work with them on specific jobs over the span of 10 years,” Blair Weston, FortisBC Indigenous relations manager said in a recent press release. “They got to a place, and now have the capacity, where they are able to take on large-scale project work with us.”

To learn more about FortisBC’s Inland Gas Upgrades project, please visit

Just Posted

Invermere gets new CAO

Invermere found his new CAO after a long period of research.

Radium council discusses short term rentals

RHS council are elaborating the second draft plan for STR

Farmers’ Institute report highlights emerging local food scene

Beef cattle ranching remains mainstay of valley agriculture

Beautification process begins in Canal Flats downtown

Canal Flats wants to improve the esthetic of the town

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Totem pole considered cultural appropriation removed from Nelson’s Hume School

The pole had also become rotted and was seen as dangerous to students

‘Show us the money’ for cannabis, local governments tell B.C.

Municipal tax, transit revenues falling as costs rise

‘It’s a boy’: Southern Resident killer whale calf born to J Pod is healthy, researchers say

J35 had previously done a ‘Tour of Grief,’ carrying her dead calf for 17 days

Most Read