Work on TMX pipeline progressing, despite Covid

Work is still continuing on the $12.6 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, despite the downturn in the economy and the impact of Covid-19.

According to Trans Mountain “construction has progressed considerably in Alberta” and all of its construction sites are active along the route from the Edmonton terminal to the B.C. coast. Since December last year about 23 kilometres of pipeline has been completed.

According to the company, “We are well underway with project construction in several areas of B.C. and Alberta and we plan to continue construction as long as we can do so in a way that protects all of our people and the broader community”.  Edmonton-based work is projected to be complete this fall.

The project’s original price tag of $7.4B increased to $12.6B in February due to delays and increased costs for labour, material and land. The current price tag includes money spent by the previous owner, Kinder Morgan, before the Trudeau government bought the project in 2018 for $4.5 billion.

It is important to note that almost a third of the 1,150Km pipeline was already twinned before this current and latest expansion plan.  The expansion project, with 980 kilometres of new pipeline, is expected to be complete in two years and be in operations by December 2022.