It looks like construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion may finally be getting underway.
Trans Mountain has submitted a six-month construction schedule to the National Energy Board for their Alberta-to-British Columbia pipeline expansion.
On Tuesday, the company announced starting in August, work will begin on a 290 kilometre stretch of pipeline between Edmonton and Jasper National Park in Alberta.
Work will include surveying, installing signage, flagging the right of way, taking measures to protect the environment; such as wildlife surveys – as well as clearing trees and vegetation.
President of Kinder Morgan Canada Ian Anderson says they will continue to consult with Indigenous communities in Alberta and B.C. as the project moves forward.
“We have undertaken thorough, extensive and meaningful consultations with Indigenous Peoples, communities and individuals and remain dedicated to those efforts and relationships as we move forward with construction activities.”
In September, similar work will begin in B.C.’s North Thompson region, while additional construction in the province’s Lower Mainland and work at Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, which has been underway since September 2017, will continue.
Back in May, the Federal government acquired the project from Kinder Morgan Canada for $4.6 billion.
There is still no timetable for when the project will be complete.