Trans Mountain marks start of pipeline expansion in Alberta

The first pieces of pipeline for the Trans Mountain expansion will be in the ground before Christmas, officials say. 

Government ministers and company officials met in Acheson, Alberta, on Tuesday, December 3, to mark the start of construction on the first spread of the pipeline's expansion in the Greater Edmonton area.

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“Getting shovels in the ground in Alberta and kicking off pipeline construction is a pivotal moment for Trans Mountain,” Ian Anderson, president and CEO of Trans Mountain, said in a news release.

The first spread of construction includes 50 kilometres of pipeline running from Trans Mountain's Edmonton terminal in Sherwood Park to Acheson. 

SA Energy Group has begun pipe transport, stringing, and other preparation work that is necessary before pipeline installation, Trans Mountain said.

Construction is expected to begin shortly in the second spread of the expansion through Alberta's Yellowhead County. Crews are finishing up pre-construction activities and environmental surveys in that area, Trans Mountain said.

Meanwhile, construction at the company's marine terminals at Burnaby and at pump stations in Alberta has been ongoing since August.

Fort St. John pipeline contractors Surerus Pipeline and Macro Industries have joint ventures selected to build nearly one-third of the expansion through southern B.C.

Surerus shares a 50% stake with London-based J. Murphy & Sons in the Surerus Murphy Joint Venture, 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.

More than 2,200 people have been hired to work on the project so far, Trans Mountain said.

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