A file photo shows earlier construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline. (Source: Kinder Morgan Inc.)
Kinder Morgan says it will begin construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline this month, despite a warning to not put “shovels in the ground” from the British Columbia government, which this week had its own troubles in court where it is trying to permanently stop construction of the $7.4 billion (US$5.9 billion) project.
“We are confident we will satisfy the National Energy Board’s compliance requirements to begin construction activity in September 2017,” spokesperson Ali Hounsell told Hart Energy in an email.
An update last week from the NEB to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggested Trans Mountain Expansion still has a long way to go before it satisfies enough conditions for construction on the 610-mile pipeline, which starts in Edmonton, Alberta, and will terminate in Burnaby, B.C. For instance, “Trans Mountain has satisfied 27 of the 49 conditions necessary to begin construction at the Westridge Marine Terminal,” according to the NEB update by president and CEO Peter Watson.