The National Energy Board is giving Kinder Morgan the go-ahead to start construction on the Trans Mountain Pipeline in Burnaby, British Colombia.
Work on the Burnaby Mountain Portal will now move forward if they get the proper municipal, provincial, and federal permits.
The NEB’s decision allows Trans Mountain to clear and start grading work at the entrance of the tunnel which was chosen to help avoid the potential impacts on migratory birds.
This is the only section of the pipeline which has received approval to date. The remaining sections won’t see work started until ‘necessary pre-construction conditions’ are met and the applicable portions are also approved.
Around 56 per cent of the project has been approved by the NEB.
The $6.8 billion project is expected to create around 15,000 jobs during construction by twinning the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system between Edmonton, Alberta, and Burnaby, British Columbia.