Trans Mountain expansion moves forward

KAMLOOPS June 25 2019. Pipes destined for the Trans Mountain pipeline are transported by rail through Kamloops June 25 2019. ( Gerry Kahrmann / PNG staff photo) Story by Nick Eagland [PNG Merlin Archive] Gerry Kahrmann / PNimg

After years of delays, the Trans Mountain expansion has restarted with the goal of putting pipes in the ground by Christmas.

The first phase, known as Spread 1, will see 50 kilometers of pipeline running from the Edmonton terminal in Sherwood Park to Acheson. Construction resumed in August with work happening at the Westridge Marine and Burnaby terminals, and at pump stations in Alberta.

Trans Mountain has received more than half of the pipe needed for construction. Spread 2 is expected to start shortly.

To mark the occasion, representatives from Trans Mountain and the federal and provincial governments held a media event on Tuesday.

More to come . . .