BURNABY, B.C. – Trans Mountain Expansion Project has notified its construction contractors it intends to resume construction on the pipeline twinning in 30 days.
According to the pipeline, it has issued notice to proceed with directives to some of its prime construction contractors triggering mobilization of the initial workforce. The directives give the contractors 30 days to mobilize equipment and commence the process of hiring workers, procuring goods and services, and developing detailed construction work plans.
Trans Mountain announced that construction will start in communities along the route, including along the route in Alberta between Edmonton and Edson, and in the Greater Edmonton area. Activities will also include an immediate return to work at Burnaby Terminal and on land at Westridge Marine Terminal. Specific start dates in the remaining construction areas are subject to final regulatory approvals and permits.
“I am pleased to announce another significant milestone for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project with the commencement of construction activities and the issuance of the notice to some contractors to begin mobilizing equipment and crews in select areas in August and September 2019. With the first wave of regulatory approvals complete, we are confident that we have a path forward by which the Expansion Project construction can commence,” said Ian Anderson, president and CEO of Trans Mountain Corporation, in a press release.
The pipeline stated it was confident that it will receive clearance of all other outstanding regulatory approvals and permits for the remaining construction areas. Officials noted that the timelines for these approvals could have an impact on project costs, schedules and final in-service dates. If all goes according to plan, project officials stated the pipeline will be in-service by mid-2022.
“Over the coming months, we will continue our engagement with Indigenous communities along the construction corridor,” said Anderson. “We are committed to ensuring the project incorporates all appropriate measures to protect the cultural, environmental and local Indigenous interests in the lands and waters through construction and into operation.”
The company anticipates approximately 4,200 people will be working in various communities along the project corridor by the fourth quarter of 2019.
“This project has been subjected to numerous delays and setbacks over the past several years,” Anderson said. “With today’s announcement on the commencement of construction, I firmly believe that we are finally able to start delivering the significant national and regional benefits we have always committed to.”