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Work is underway in BC and Alberta
Today, construction is underway and progressing along the Trans Mountain Expansion Project with close to 8,000 people working in communities across British Columbia and Alberta. This year, we’ll see peak construction for the Project – which means thousands of people working at hundreds of worksites.
Trans Mountain is prioritizing and maximizing Indigenous, local and regional hiring to the greatest extent practicable. As of December 31, 2020, more than 1,000 Indigenous workers have worked on the Expansion Project – over half of whom live in communities directly along the pipeline corridor.
As of January 2021, Trans Mountain has signed 66 Agreements with 73 Indigenous groups in BC and Alberta that represent more than $550 million in benefits and opportunities for Indigenous communities.
In addition, through Trans Mountain’s Community Benefits Program, we’ve announced 21 agreements with local governments along more than 95 per cent of the pipeline route that will provide more than $10 million in funds to help with a variety of locally determined projects.
Trans Mountain is an active and contributing member of the Salish Sea marine community. Since planning of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project began, we’ve invested more than $6 million into initiatives like the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program and the Pacific Salmon Foundation – which includes a $3 million commitment for multi-year programs to protect wild salmon. This funding is above and beyond the commitments the federal government has made through the Oceans Protection Plan.
We have also facilitated more than $150 million in funding for Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) that will result in eight new response bases, 43 vessels, new equipment and more than 100 new response personnel positioned along the commercial shipping lanes. This is the largest-ever expansion of spill response personnel and equipment on the South Coast and will double WCMRC’s response capacity in the region.
About Trans Mountain
Trans Mountain operates Canada’s only pipeline system transporting oil products to the West Coast. We deliver nearly 300,000 barrels of petroleum products each day through 1,150 kilometres of pipeline in Alberta and British Columbia, and 111 kilometres of pipeline in Washington state.
As a federal Crown corporation, Trans Mountain will continue to build upon its more than 65 years of experience delivering operational and safety excellence through our oil pipeline system.
The Project will provide increased capacity to support Canadian crude oil production growth and ensure access to global energy markets. The largest project in the pipeline’s history, it involves installing approximately 980 kilometres of new pipeline, new and modified facilities including pump stations and terminals, and a new dock complex at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia.
The Expansion is a twinning of this existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County (near Edmonton), Alberta and Burnaby, BC. It will create a pipeline system with the nominal capacity of the system going from approximately 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day.
The Project will help make sure Canada gets full value for its oil. Everyone will benefit. Workers will benefit during the $12.6* billion construction project. Oil producers will earn more revenue for their product. Government will collect more tax revenue from oil. These revenues contribute to services that benefit all Canadians.
Communities along the construction corridor will benefit from significant tax dollars, which are anticipated to exceed $52 million annually, contributing to these local communities’ ability to meet their respective social, economic and development goals.
Trans Mountain’s overall goal is to construct the pipeline in a manner that minimizes impacts to residents, community and the environment.
Safety of the people, our assets and protection of the environment are our number one priority. Every effort is made to ensure the Project is built to the highest safety and environmental standards available today.
To learn more, please visit our website at www.transmountain.com. Stay up to date - sign up to our weekly Trans Mountain newsletter here.
Want more information, check out the following resources:
- Marine Progress Report
- Interactive Map
- Community Benefit Program
- Community Investment Program
- Animation video: Westridge Marine Terminal
- Spring 2021 Construction Look Ahead
- Marine Safety Operations
- Marine Enhancements
- Westridge Marine Terminal Emergency Exercise – April 2021
- Significant Progress in Implementation of Spill Response Enhancements – March 2021