Kinder Morgan Inc. announced that the Government of Canada has granted approval for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in a landmark decision that affirms both the strength of the project and the rigor of the review process it has undergone.
“This is a defining moment for our project and Canada’s energy industry,” said Ian Anderson, president, Kinder Morgan Canada. “This decision follows many years of engagement and the presentation of the very best scientific, technical and economic information. We are excited to move forward and get this project built, for the benefit of our customers, communities and all Canadians.”
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is an opportunity for Canada to access world markets for its resources by building on an existing pipeline system. The $6.8 billion CAD expansion will result in direct and lasting benefits, including $46.7 billion in taxes and royalties for governments, more than 800,000 person years of employment over the life of the project and enabling producers to capture an additional $73.5 billion in revenues.
In 2012, Kinder Morgan Canada announced it would move forward with its proposed plans to expand the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline system – between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, British Columbia – following strong commitments received from its customers. The Conference Board of Canada found the project is expected to generate $46.7 billion in government revenues and 802,000 person years of employment, the equivalent of 40,000 jobs each year, over more than 20 years. For more than 60 years, the 715-mile Trans Mountain pipeline system has been safely and efficiently providing the only West Coast access for Canadian oil products.
This final federal approval triggers a number of next steps. Trans Mountain will continue to seek all necessary permits, and is planning to begin construction in September 2017, with an in-service date for the twinned pipeline expected in late 2019. Other next steps will include a final cost estimate review with shippers committed to the project and a final investment decision by the Kinder Morgan Board of Directors.