Trans Mountain pipeline twinning work continues in December 2021 near Blue River on B.C. Highway 5, about halfway between Kamloops and Jasper, Alberta. (Trans Mountain photo)

Trans Mountain pipeline twinning work continues in December 2021 near Blue River on B.C. Highway 5, about halfway between Kamloops and Jasper, Alberta. (Trans Mountain photo)

Trans Mountain expansion project celebrates 50% completion

The Trans Mountain expansion project has reached the halfway mark.

In a statement released Thursday, the pipeline company notes construction of the project has now reached 50 per cent completion as of March 2022.

The benchmark includes 412 kilometres of pipe in the ground, in addition to 471 kilometres of welded pipe, and 574 kilometres of the right-of-way prepared.

“We are proud to celebrate the halfway mark of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project,” Rob Van Walleghem, Trans Mountain interim president said in a press release. “The way we are constructing this project reflects a new approach to building major projects in Canada.”

He also thanked Ian Anderson, former president and CEO of Trans Mountain, for his leadership and guidance. Anderson retired in early April, according to the statement.

More than 20,000 people have been employed with the project since construction began in Alberta in late 2019. According to the press release, $16 million has been provided by the expansion project to community legacy projects through agreements with local governments in both B.C. and Alberta. The funds have gone towards trail and recreational infrastructure, as well as water system upgrades in Clearwater.

“This celebration of the halfway mark of construction was made possible by the hard work and dedication of each and every person on our workforce,” said Corey Goulet, executive vice president, execution of the project, in the statement. “As we continue construction in 2022 and 2023, we will continue to work as one team and create long-term benefits for Canadians through this world-class project.”

The project mechanical completion date was recently pushed back to fall 2023. Two incidents shut down construction of the project and caused delays.

The first was in December 2020 when the project entered a voluntary shut down for a few weeks to address worker safety, and the second in November 2021 when heavy rain and flooding stopped construction in the Hope area.