Members of the ECL team have been directly involved in the Trans Mountain pipeline project.

The original Trans Mountain Pipeline was built in 1953 and continues to operate safely today. The Expansion is essentially a twinning of this existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County (near Edmonton), Alberta and Burnaby, BC. It will create a pipeline system with the nominal capacity of the system going from approximately 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day.

On June 18, 2019, the Government of Canada approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The Project is subject to 156 conditions enforced by the Canada Energy Regulator.

Here are some quick facts about the expansion:

  • It will be approximately 980 km of new pipeline

  • 73 per cent of the route will use the existing right-of-way, 16 per cent will follow other linear infrastructure such as telecommunications, Hydro, or highways and 11 per cent will be new right-of-way

  • It will include 193 km of reactivated pipeline

  • 12 new pump stations will be built

  • 19 new tanks will be added to the existing storage terminals in Burnaby (14), Sumas (1) and Edmonton (4)

  • Three new berths will be built at Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby. Once the new berths are completed and in service, the number of tankers loaded at the Westridge Marine Terminal could increase to approximately 34 per month.

  • The existing pipeline will carry refined products, synthetic crude oils, and light crude oils with the capability for heavy crude oils

  • The new pipeline will carry heavier oils with the capability for transporting light crude oils

  • Engagement with communities, landowners, stakeholders, and Indigenous communities has been ongoing since 2012 and will continue through to operation

  • Environmental protection plans have been developed along the entire route. Volume 5 and Volume 6 of the Facilities Application cover the environmental assessment and protection planning. We will continue to conduct field studies along the route as required.

  • It’s expected to cost approximately $12.6* billion.

  • Expected in-service date is December 2022.

  • It will create benefits including new short- and long-term jobs, job-related training opportunities and increases in taxes collected by all three levels of government

  • To date, Trans Mountain and our contractors have hired approximately 13,185 people to work on the Expansion Project.

  • The combined impact on government revenue for construction and the first 20 years of expanded operations is $46.7 billion; revenues that can be used for public services such as health care and education – British Columbia receives $5.7 billion, Alberta receives $19.4 billion and the rest of Canada receives $21.6 billion.

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Trans Mountain Pipeline Project