Trans Mountain Pipeline Construction Work Restarts

A year after the project’s latest regulatory setback, construction on parts of the Trans Mountain pipeline is restarting, Trans Mountain Corp said on Wednesday. The pipeline was bought last year by the Canadian government to help ensure the completion of the expansion to 890,000 barrels of oil per day after years of delay and strong disapproval by environmental and some indigenous groups.

“We are very happy that people will be in the field, digging the ground and installing the pipe,” Canada’s Minister of Natural Resource Amarjeet Sohi said at a news conference in Edmonton.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, approximately 4,200 workers are expected to be employed along the pipeline corridor and the company has issued notices to some contractors to mobilize construction equipment and crews, Trans Mountain Chief Executive Ian Anderson said in a statement.

Work is restarting at the Burnaby storage terminal where the pipeline terminates, and the Westridge marine terminal, where crude is loaded onto tankers. It will also soon begin in communities along the pipeline’s right-of-way in Alberta between Edmonton and Edson, and in the Greater Edmonton area.

Given a reason that the company failed to adequately consult indigenous groups, last year a Canadian court overturned the federal government’s 2016 approval of the project. But after a new regulatory review that gave a huge relief to Canada’s oil industry, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government re-approved the pipeline in June.


10K Gallons for Crude Oil Flows into Alberta Creek Due to Pipeline Rupture

Calgary-based Bonterra Energy Corp’s crude oil pipeline ruptured and spilled approximately 10,000 gallons (40,000 liters/250 barrels) of crude oil into Alberta creek, Alberta Energy Regulator said.

According to Alberta Energy Regulator, the spill occurred 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) south of Drayton Valley, Alta last week and the line was shut in and depressurized, and that containment booms were installed. Also regulators said that no impacts to wildlife were reported.

The company said in a news release that it began investigating a problem with the pipeline at 8 a.m. Thursday, and at 1 p.m. it discovered a rupture that was leaking into Washout Creek. The cleanup and recovery is expected to continue for the next three weeks.

As an extra precaution, Bonterra has placed additional booms where the Washout Creek meets the North Saskatchewan River, which is the source of Edmonton's water supply. The company is removing the oil with booms and vacuums, and is mitigating the effect on wildlife by setting up barriers as well as visual deterrents that include having people present.


Construction on $100M Alberta Oil Pipeline Will Be Start Soon

Inter Pipeline Ltd., said that its new $100-million crude oil pipeline project, Viking Connector will commence immediately. The pipeline will connect Inter Pipeline’s Throne Station on its Bow River pipeline system near Coronation to its Central Alberta pipeline system near Stettler.

Once the 47-mile (75-kilometer), eight-inch diameter Viking Connector project is completed, the company forecasts throughput volume of 10,000 to 15,000 barrels per day. The project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020 and approximately one third of forecast shipments are currently secured for a 10-year term.

Inter Pipeline CEO Christian Bayle said in a statement that the new connection will provide economical access to the Edmonton market hub, which historically has been a premium market for Alberta light oil products. He added “Producers in the Alberta Viking and surrounding plays are currently limited to pipeline services to the Hardisty hub or costly trucking alternatives.”


New Pipeline Project Announced by Rangeland Midstream Canada

Rangeland Midstream Canada, Ltd, has announced its plans to design, construct and operate new crude oil and condensate pipelines of approximately 52.8 miles located in the Marten Hills region of north central Alberta.

With low extraction costs using modern multilateral horizontal drilling, the system will gather crude oil production from the Clearwater formation in the Marten Hills region and will deliver blended crude oil to an existing third-party takeaway pipeline which serves the Edmonton, Alberta, hub and refining market.

The company will receive the condensate from a third-party pipeline and will be delivered to production batteries for diluent blending. The system is expected to come into service in the second quarter of 2020.


Trans Mountain to Begin Construction on Four Segments After NEB Approval

The National Energy Board says Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC can start construction on sections of its pipeline expansion in Alberta and British Columbia.

An NEB statement says that Trans Mountain met all applicable pre-construction condition requirements for segments one to four from Edmonton Terminal to its Darfield pump station near Kamloops, B.C.

96 percent of the detailed route for these particular segments have been approved by the board.

Subject to other government permits and regulations, the NEB has given Trans Mountain permission to begin construction and clear right of way.

While other active hearings are pending, work related to them will not be permitted until they are resolved.

The NEB added that 72 percent of the entire detailed route has been approved and hearings for the final segment are scheduled to begin in October.