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Trans Mountain breaks ground on pipeline construction in Canada

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Trans Mountain has marked the start of pipeline construction, with the first pipe on the ground in Alberta, Canada.

The company’s president and CEO Ian Anderson was joined by Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, Government of Canada, Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy, Government of Alberta and local government representatives in Acheson, Alberta at an event marking the start of pipeline construction for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

“Getting shovels in the ground in Alberta and kicking off pipeline construction is a pivotal moment for Trans Mountain,” said Anderson. “We are proud of the project we have designed and the innovative measures we are implementing that demonstrate the kind of rigour and detail that will go into every stage of this project to mitigate risks, respect the rights of those directly affected and operate safely.”

“Today, we’re marking an important milestone in this pipeline’s construction,” added O’Regan. “This project is supporting workers and will keep our energy sector strong – in the short, medium, and long term. This is a good day for our sector. It’s a good day for Alberta. It’s a good day for Canada.”

Alberta’s Minister of Energy continued: “Today is an exciting step forward for Trans Mountain. It is also a step forward for not only Alberta, but for the economic growth and prosperity for Canada as a whole. Alberta is a world leader in producing energy with the highest environmental, social and governance standards. While completion of the Expansion Project is the one true measure of success, it’s important to celebrate achievements – like this – along the way. Albertans can be assured their government will continue to stand up for our energy industry and get pipelines built.”

Pipeline construction in Greater Edmonton (Spread 1) includes around 50km of pipeline running from Trans Mountain’s Edmonton Terminal in Sherwood Park to Acheson, Alberta.

SA Energy Group, which is acting as the general pipeline construction contractor for Spread 1, has commenced pipe transport, stringing and other preparation work needed before pipeline installation.

As of the end of October 2019, almost six million person hours have been spent on the project. Trans Mountain added that it has received more than half of the pipe needed for construction, and the company is staging it at storage yards along the route.

Together with contractors, the company has hired more than 2,200 people to work on the project, including Indigenous, local and regional employees.