Construction restarts on Trans Mountain expansion

Construction has restarted on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The company said Wednesday it has given notice to proceed to some of its prime contractors, giving them 30 days to mobilize equipment, start hiring, procure goods and services, and develop detailed construction work plans.

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“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," said Ian Anderson, president and CEO, in a news release.

"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."

Construction will soon begin in communities along the route, including along the right-of-way in Alberta between Edmonton and Edson, and in the Greater Edmonton area, the company said. Included in that is an immediate return to work at the Burnaby storage and Westridge marine terminals, it said.

Outstanding regulatory approvals for other construction areas are expected in the coming months, the company said.

Prime contractors are hiring, and approximately 4,200 workers are expected to employed in various communities along the pipeline route in the fourth quarter of 2019, the company said.

The expansion is expected to be in-service by mid-2022, if approvals are received on the timelines expected, the company said.

Two Fort St. John pipeline contractors have been selected to build nearly one-third of the 1,100-kilometre expansion through southern B.C.

Surerus Pipeline, which shares a 50% stake with London-based J. Murphy & Sons in the Surerus Murphy Joint Venture, was selected to build 180 kilometres of pipeline between Black Pines and Merritt.

Fort St. John’s Macro Industries and France’s Spiecapag have a joint venture selected to build 85 kilometres of pipeline in the Coquihalla-Hope area.

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