The National Energy Board of Canada (NEB) confirmed it has received a construction schedule from Trans Mountain regarding the next six months of construction on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project.
In and around the Burnaby terminal, fencing work and “modifications to existing facilities,” as well as tank construction commences this month, with work on these projects slated to continue until early January 2019.
Along the pipeline route, site stockpiling and temporary camp development is slated to begin in August, while site clearing is set to fully commence by this September.
Site surveying is also set to start in September in an area between Mt. Robson Provincial Park, and Blue River, BC.
At the Westridge Marine Terminal (WMT), trestle piling will take place on two of the three berths beginning this month, running through until January.
Once all three berths are complete and in service, the number of tankers loaded at the Westridge Marine Terminal could increase to approximately 34 per month.
Additional construction at the WMT will also commence in August. Tasks here will include what is described as foreshore circular sheet piling and tunnel portal development.
The total cost of the pipeline expansion project is expected to be around $7.4 billion, and the generated activity is expected to employ 15,000 people during construction.
When complete, the project will offer approximately 980 km of new pipeline.
And while the project is now officially a go, and a construction schedule is in place for the near future, opponents of the project are holding fast to their position as well.
On Tuesday, opposition to the pipeline was once again on very public display as protesters rappelled off the side of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in an attempt to form an “aerial blockade” of a tanker that was trying to leave Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby terminal.