​Trans Mountain Pipeline construction officially underway

Trans Mountain CEO Ian Anderson and other dignitaries speak at the official mark of construction commencing on December 3, 2019. Image: Trans Mountain Corporation

ACHESON, Alta. — The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is officially underway, beginning on Tuesday west of Edmonton.

Ian Anderson, who switched employers when the pipeline and its proposed expansion were sold to the federal government in 2018 for $4.5 billion, repeated a vow yesterday to have expansion project pipe in the ground before Christmas.

As JWN previously reported, expansion work is also well underway at both ends of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, at the project's Edmonton and Burnaby terminals.

Anderson said Tuesday that the pipeline will take 30 to 36 months to build, which means it could be completed in the second half of 2022, but he declined to update the last cost estimate of 7.4 billion dollars.

Federal Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan said the event and the opening of the Canadian part of Enbridge's Line 3 export pipeline last weekend make it a “good week” for Canada.

The expansion will nearly triple the 300,000 bbl/d capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries crude oil and refined products from Edmonton to a terminal in Burnaby, B-C.

© 2019 The Canadian Press, with files from JWN

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