Trans Mountain has kicked off pipeline construction in British Columbia with work beginning in Kamloops.
Construction preparation has begun for the Kamloops Urban Area pipeline section that is 7-km in length and will take about seven months to complete.
Trans Mountain Corporation chief executive Ian Anderson said the start of the construction in Kamloops is another key milestone for the project.
“We know these are challenging times for many communities and we are pleased to be able to contribute safely to the economy in Kamloops,” he said. “Trans Mountain knows that getting to work is important, but it must go hand in hand with a strong and unwavering commitment to the safety of our workforce and communities.”
In June, a workforce of 30-50 people will be in the city for the start of expansion project pipeline construction and this will increase to approximately 600 people at peak construction in the late summer or early fall.
Working with the Kamloops Accommodations Association, Trans Mountain has identified local hotel and service providers who have confirmed their ability to meet the COVID-19 measures including food service, extra cleaning requirements and a dedicated area for the workforce to get COVID-19 screening before they go to the worksite.
Trans Mountain will work with a small number of hotels to provide these services in June and will include additional properties as the workforce builds throughout the coming months.
Kamloops is part of Trans Mountain’s BC Interior construction area that begins at Black Pines (approximately 40 km north of Kamloops) and runs to the Coquihalla Summit. It includes approximately 185 kilometres of 36-inch pipeline and 18 valve assembly installations, as well as three pump stations.