Canada approves £4.4bn Trans Mountain Expansion Project


The Canadian government has approved the construction of the proposed C$7.4bn (£4.4bn) Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP).

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project involves the construction of new pipeline along the 1,150km-long existing Trans Mountain Pipeline between Strathcona County near Edmonton in Alberta and Burnaby in British Columbia.

Trans Mountain president and CEO Ian Anderson said: “Today is the culmination of a lengthy and thorough review that considered the thousands of hours of environmental and technical studies, scientific evidence and meaningful engagement that were part of the comprehensive assessment.”

Following recommendation from the Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) to the Federal Governor in Council for approval, the Government of Canada had approved the project in November 2016.

However, the Federal Court of Appeal cancelled the project approval in August 2018 citing flaws in the NEB review process.

In February 2019, NEB has recommended approval of expansion project following the conclusion of a reconsideration report, citing that the project is in the Canadian public interest.

TEMP said in a statement: "In the 10 months since the Federal Court of Appeal decision halted Project progress in August 2018, TMEP and its partners have been continuing to advance necessary design and planning work."

The project, which will increase the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline from 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 890,000bpd, is subject to 156 conditions that are enforced by the NEB.

The project is due to receive the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the National Energy Board (NEB).  

Commenting on the latest approval, Canadian Pipeline Association (CEPA) president and CEO Chris Bloomer said: “This decision has been a long time coming.

“Now that we have approval for TMEP, CEPA encourages the government to move forward with construction immediately.”

The expansion project is expected to generate 15,000 jobs during the construction phase and 37,000 jobs once operational.

Image: The Trans Mountain Expansion Project has been approved by the Canadian government.

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