Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
For almost 60 years, the Trans Mountain Pipeline system has been safely and efficiently providing the only West Coast access for Canadian oil products. From the time when Trans Mountain was first constructed, the pipeline system has adapted to meet the growing needs of customers.
Trans Mountain was most recently expanded in 2008 as part of the Anchor Loop Project. Approximately 158 km of pipeline was twinned between Hinton, Alberta and Hargreaves, British Columbia. The meticulous efforts of those who contributed to the project earned our organization the Emerald Award for leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Our open season process, conducted from fall 2011 to fall 2012, received strong binding support from commercial customers, and as a result, we moved forward with the next steps with a proposal to expand the pipeline. In January 2013, new long-term contracts were signed by 13 committed customers, permitting us to update and increase the scope of the proposed project.
Extensive engagement has taken place in communities and along the proposed route and marine corridor. We have engaged in open and meaningful discussions with landowners, Aboriginal groups, communities and stakeholders and will continue to do so throughout the project timeline. In addition, we are currently undertaking socio-economic and environmental assessments and engineering studies before the application for regulatory approval can be filed.
The results of the studies and discussions will form the basis of the Facilities Application to the National Energy Board (NEB). Trans Mountain is planning to file this comprehensive application with the NEB in late 2013. Filing of the application will initiate regulatory review of the proposed expansion facilities. If the regulatory application process is successful, construction of the new pipeline could begin as early as 2016. The expanded pipeline would be operational in 2017.
We recognize that building and operating infrastructure such as pipelines impact many along the route, and we respect our neighbors and the communities where we operate. We are proud of our extensive history, demonstrated commitment to safe and reliable operations, and relationships with all who are affected by our business.
We invite you to stay connected with the latest information about the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Visit www.transmountain.com or contact our project team at firstname.lastname@example.org.