Work is due to start on one part of the Trans Mountain’s $7.4bn pipeline expansion project after owners Kinder Morgan Canada came up with a plan to overcome issues raised by the National Energy Board.

The green light came from the National Energy Board (NEB) after the energy company responded to the results of a pre-construction audit carried out by the NEB. The board was concerned about Kinder Morgan’s quality assurance program, hazard analysis, organisational structure and its definition of inspection and monitoring requirements, but the company submitted a plan to correct the issues.

The $7.4bn project includes: 980km of new pipeline, 193km of reactivated pipeline, 12 pumping stations, 19 new tanks added to existing storage terminals in Burnaby (14), Sumas (1) and Edmonton (4) and three new berths at Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby.

NEB spokesperson, James Stevenson is quoted in local media as saying: “They are free to start at Westridge, but nowhere else as of yet. With the corrective action plan the company has filed in reaction to our audit, they have met most of the concerns we had, so this will not slow them up. This is one of numerous steps we have been taking, but this is a big one and we want to make sure the company is ready to go and that it will be safe and the company takes steps to correct any deficiencies.”

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20th Sept 2017

20th September 2017