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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

After a nearly 3-week break, the Trans Mountain Pipeline is set to restart on Sunday

After an almost three-week break, the Trans Mountain Pipeline will reopen

Key takeaways:

  • The Trans Mountain Pipeline is slated to reopen on Sunday for the first time since a deadly storm devastated B.C. in mid-November.
  • The business claims it has informed the Canada Energy Regulator of its plans to reactivate the pipeline.

For the first time since a devastating storm hit B.C. in mid-November, the Trans Mountain Pipeline is set to reopen on Sunday.

The pipeline, which regularly distributes 300,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to Burnaby, was shut down as a precaution during last month’s atmospheric river, which swamped cities and devastated roadways.

“The pipeline remained safely in a static condition throughout the shutdown period, with no evidence of any product release or serious pipe damage,” Trans Mountain said in a statement on Saturday.

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The pipeline’s operator stated that it has performed “extensive investigations of the pipe’s integrity” as well as geotechnical assessments of the surrounding landscape.

The business claims it has informed the Canada Energy Regulator of its plans to reactivate the pipeline. Trans Mountain said the pipeline would reopen during “daylight hours” on Sunday, pending CER approval.

The company’s statement states, “Restarting the pipeline has taken a considerable, persistent effort to restore access lost owing to damaged roads, fluctuations in river flows, and poor weather.”

“To provide access and repairs to the pipeline, crews worked around the clock to clear highways, create bridges, and control watercourses.”

Trans Mountain Pipeline set to restart Sunday after lengthy  shutdown
Trans Mountain Pipeline set to restart Sunday after lengthy shutdown. Image from CTV News

Crews will continuously monitor the pipeline until it is operational again, Trans Mountain said, adding that emergency management teams are still in the field and ready to respond “in the unlikely event of a leak.”

“Trans Mountain will continue with additional emergency workers in the coming weeks,” the firm added. “As part of this work, we’ll do more lining inspections, protect riverbanks, add the ground cover, and reroute sections of the pipeline.”

The Trans Mountain pipeline outage was a major factor in the provincial government’s decision to impose gasoline rationing last month.

The province recently extended the rules limiting drivers to 30 liters at a time until Dec. 14 to allow the pipeline more time to reopen.

CTV News Vancouver has asked Emergency Management B.C. to suppose the gas rationing order will be lifted early now that the pipeline is expected to reopen. If and when a response is accepted, this story will be updated.

Source: CTV News

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