Trans Mountain’s CEO Ian Anderson and officials were in in Acheson, Alberta to mark the start of pipeline construction for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Expansion Project pipe will be in the ground before Christmas.
“Getting shovels in the ground in Alberta and kicking off pipeline construction is a pivotal moment for Trans Mountain,” said Anderson. “We are proud of the Project we have designed and the innovative measures we are implementing that demonstrate the kind of rigour and detail that will go into every stage of this Project to mitigate risks, respect the rights of those directly affected and operate safely.”
The event marked pipeline construction in Edmonton, dubbed ‘Spread 1’ which includes approximately 50 kilometres of pipeline running from Trans Mountain’s Edmonton Terminal in Sherwood Park to Acheson, Alberta. SA Energy Group, the general pipeline construction contractor for Spread 1, has begun pipe transport, stringing and other preparation work that is necessary before pipeline installation.
Construction officially restarted on August 22, 2019, with work underway at the Westridge Marine Terminal, Burnaby Terminal and at pump stations in Alberta. The work includes site preparation activities, in-water construction of new shipping berths, foreshore extension work and facility upgrades.
Construction is expected to begin shortly in Spread 2 (Yellowhead), as crews are finishing up pre-construction activoities and environmental surveys in that area.