Contractors have been selected for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The six major contractors were announced by Kinder Morgan with construction activities expected to begin in September 2017.
The six are Midwest Pipelines, Ledcor Sicim Limited Partnership, Sureus Murphy Joint Venture, Macro Spiecapag Joint Venture and Somervile-Aecon Energy Group for various sections. Kiewit Ledcor TMEP Partnership will tackle the Lower Mainland scope which includes the Burnaby Mountain tunnel and three terminals, Westridge Marine Terminal, Burnaby Terminal and Sumas Terminal.
The pipeline construction and associated terminal expansions are expected to take approximately 28 months to complete, with the work distributed among several sections, along the route between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C.
The contractors will directly hire the individuals and sub-contractors needed for each contract and scope of work. This will include union, non-union and Aboriginal workers and will be in accordance with Trans Mountain’s commitment to maximize employment opportunities for Aboriginal, local and regional communities. As part of its negotiated commitment with the B.C.government, Trans Mountain has committed to a “British Columbians first” policy for hiring and contracting work within B.C., giving the first opportunity to qualified and competitive B.C. companies.
“Getting the construction contractors on board represents a significant milestone for Trans Mountain and demonstrates our commitment to delivering the project in a timely, cost-effective manner,” says Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited. “We’re pleased with the calibre and experience of the contractors. Each contractor was chosen for its expertise in delivering quality work and the individual needs and complexities of each portion of the project.”
The project continues to proceed with planning, permitting, engagement and design required to meet NEB and B.C. government conditions and necessary local permitting. The pipeline is expected to be in operation at the end of 2019.