Westridge Terminal cleared for expansion
The National Energy Board (NEB) says Kinder Morgan Canada (KML) has met all the conditions required to begin expansion of its Westridge Marine Terminal. The terminal upgrade is part of the larger Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP).
Earlier this year, the NEB instructed KML to file an updated Westridge Marine Terminal Environmental Protection Plan, including environmental procedures, training policies, mitigation, monitoring and contingency plans, as well as updated drawings. The regulator says the company has provided sufficient information to satisfy each of the 49 conditions related to construction of the terminal and has no outstanding concerns.
Kinder Morgan says construction on the TMEP is expected to begin in September, starting with expansion of the Westridge terminal.
The expansion will include a new dock complex with room for up to three tankers, a utility dock for tugboats and emergency response vessels, three new 30-inch delivery pipelines from its Burnaby tank farm and an extension of the land along the shoreline to accommodate new equipment. The new dock complex will increase loading capacity from one Aframax-size tanker to a maximum of three. Construction is expected to last about 30 months.
The NEB will also begin hearings later this year into minor changes being made to the TMEP route. So far, there are 452 statements of opposition to the current routing.
BC's NDP government says it will not issue construction permits for work on public lands. The Westridge terminal sits on private property.
NEB LETTER TO TMEP - CONDITION COMPLIANCE
KINDER MORGAN CANADA WESTRIDGE MARINE TERMINAL
PORT OF VANCOUVER KINDER MORGAN CANADA #&149; WESTRIDGE MARINE TERMINAL UPGRADE AND EXPANSION PROJECT