Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Trans Mountain is proposing an expansion of its current 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County (near Edmonton), Alberta and Burnaby, BC. The proposed expansion, if approved, would create a twinned pipeline that would increase the nominal capacity of the system from 300,000 barrels per day, to 890,000 barrels per day.


About This Project

Kinder Morgan (KM) is the largest midstream and the third largest energy company (based on combined enterprise value) in North America. KM owns an interest in or operates approximately 80,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals. KM's publicly traded companies include Kinder Morgan, Inc. , Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., Kinder Morgan Management, LLC and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P.

In operation since 1953, the Trans Mountain pipeline system (TMPL) is the only pipeline system in North America that transports both crude oil and refined products to the west coast. TMPL moves product from Edmonton, AB, to marketing terminals and refineries in the central B.C. region, the Greater Vancouver area and the Puget Sound area in Washington state, as well as to other markets such as California, the U.S. Gulf Coast and overseas through the Westridge marine terminal located in Burnaby, B.C. Only crude oil and condensates are shipped into the United States. There are five terminals located along the TMPL including the Edmonton, Kamloops, Sumas, Burnaby and Westridge terminals, as well as a pump station located at the Sumas terminal in Abbotsford, B.C.

For almost 60 years, the TMPL system has been safely and efficiently providing the only West Coast access for Canadian oil products. From the time when Trans Mountain was first constructed, the pipeline system has adapted to meet the growing needs of customers.

Trans Mountain was most recently expanded in 2008 as part of the Anchor Loop Project. Approximately 158 kilometres of pipeline was twinned between Hinton, AB and Hargreaves, B.C. The meticulous efforts of those who contributed to the project earned Trans Mountain the Emerald Award for leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability.

KM's open season process received strong binding support from commercial customers, and as a result, it moved forward to the next steps with a proposal to expand the pipeline. In January 2013, new long-term contracts were signed by 13 committed customers, permitting KM to update and increase the scope of the proposed project to 890,000 barrels per day.

Extensive engagement has taken place in communities and along the proposed route and marine corridor. KM has engaged in open and meaningful discussions with landowners, Aboriginal groups, communities and stakeholders and will continue to do so throughout the project time line. In addition, KM is currently undertaking socio-economic and environmental assessments, routing and engineering studies before the application for regulatory approval will be filed.

The results of the studies and discussions will form the basis of the Facilities Application to the National Energy Board (NEB). Trans Mountain is planning to file this comprehensive application with the NEB in late 2013. Filing of the application will initiate regulatory review of the proposed expansion facilities. If the regulatory application process is successful, construction of the new pipeline could begin as early as 2016. The expanded pipeline would be operational in 2017.

KM recognizes that building and operating infrastructure such as pipelines impact many stakeholders along the route, and it respects its neighbors and the communities where it operates. The company is proud of its extensive history, has demonstrated commitment to safe and reliable operations, and relationships with all who are affected by its business.

More Information Online

For more information on this project, visit:
http://www.transmountain.com

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