Pipeline construction is officially underway on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP).
An event marking the start of construction was held in in Acheson, Alberta, Canada and was attended by Trans Mountain President and CEO Ian Anderson, Canada Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan and Alberta Minister of Energy Sonya Savage, along with other local government representatives.
The project is an expansion of the existing 1,150 km crude oil pipeline that runs between Strathona County, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia, increasing its capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 bbl/d.
A range of regulatory and environmental issues delayed the project for more than a year, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave the expansion the go-ahead in June this year.
Construction on the project as a whole recommenced in August with works at the Westbridge Marine Terminal, Burnaby Terminal and pump stations in Alberta, including site preparation activities and facility upgrades.
Mr Anderson called the start of pipeline construction a “pivotal moment for Trans Mountain”.
“We are proud of the project we have designed and the innovative measures we are implementing that demonstrate the kind of rigour and detail that will go into every stage of this project to mitigate risks, respect the rights of those directly affected and operate safely,” he said.
Minister O’Regan said it was an important milestone in the pipeline’s construction.
“This project is supporting workers and will keep our energy sector strong – in the short, medium, and long term,” he said.
“This is a good day for our sector. It’s a good day for Alberta. It’s a good day for Canada.”
The event kicked off pipeline construction in Greater Edmonton where SA Energy Group, a partnership between Robert B Somerville Co and Aecon Utilities, is the general pipeline contractor.
The company has begun pipe transport, stringing and other preparation work for a 50 km stretch that will run from Trans Mountain’s Edmonton Terminal in Sherwood Park to Acheson.
The TMEP will cost approximately CA$7.4 billion (US$5.7 billion) and it’s been estimated that it will generate around 15,000 jobs per year during construction.
For more information visit the Trans Mountain website.
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