NEB approves construction of part of Trans Mountain Expansion

Canada’s independent federal regulator, the National Energy Board, has approved the construction of the first four spread of the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Trans Mountain is a 1,150 km pipeline that runs between Strathona County, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia.

On 16 August, the NEB released a condition compliance Letter Report giving the approval for the spreads of the expansion from the Edmonton Terminal to the Darfield Pump Station north of Kamloops, British Columbia.

The CA$7.4 billion (US$5.7 billion) expansion would increase the pipeline’s capacity from 300,000 bbl/d to 890,000 bbl/d.

The approval means the expansion has now met all applicable pre-construction condition requirements for pipeline spreads one to four; the NEB also approved more than 96 per cent of the detailed route for those segments of the pipeline.

Subject to other federal, provincial and municipal permits and regulations, the project can now begin construction of the pipeline spreads, including right-of-way.

According to the NEB, 72 per cent of the entire pipeline route has now been approved, with hearings for the final segment scheduled to begin in October.

In May, Kinder Morgan’s Board of Directors agreed to sell the Trans Mountain Pipeline System and the planned expansion to the Canadian Federal Government for CA$4.5 billion (US$3.5 billion).

For more information visit the Trans Mountain website.

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