After 16-month delay, Trans Mountain Expansion gets back to business
Trans Mountain Corp has given its contractors 30 days notice to begin mobilizing crews, in preparation for the restart of construction activities on the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) later this summer.
The existing pipeline and expansion project was purchased by the federal government in the spring of 2018, after Kinder Morgan halted construction due to political wrangling in the province of BC. A federal court overturned the project’s permit almost exactly one year ago, sending TMX back into another series of regulatory reviews and public consultations. The Trudeau Liberals approved the project last June, subject to a number of conditions.
Trans Mountain says it expects to obtain all remaining regulatory approvals and construction permits "over the coming months," which now puts the in-service date to the middle of 2022. The company says it expects 4,200 workers to be employed along the pipeline corridor in the fourth quarter of this year.
Once completed, capacity on the Trans Mountain network will more than double from 300,000 bbl/day to 890,000 bbl/day.