Kinder Morgan CEO unsure when construction will start on Trans Mountain expansion


The chief supervision of Kinder Morgan won’t put a timeline on when construction will begin on the Trans Mountain extension, a delayed project which would ship Alberta oil to British Columbia’s glide.

Instead, Steven Kean said the company has to be patient, although he’s expectant the project will proceed.

“We’re waiting. We’re waiting to see how the permitting only scenario plays out. We’re waiting to see how some of those decisions play out. We expect the critical review will be favourable. We think there is all the reason in the world for this conveyor for Alberta and the rest of the nation of Canada,” he said. “I like the way a lot of that is order up.”

Some work is already underway to clear land around the guests’s terminal in Burnaby and removing trees in the area where the company contemplates to tunnel the pipeline through Burnaby Mountain. The company has its construction go down withs in place.

“We’re in a permitting-only spend right now while we wait to see how the judicial look ats and other matters resolve themselves,” said Kean. 


Protesters slog against the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain under way in Vancouver. (Chris Helgren/Reuters)

The proposed pipeline faces unwavering protests in the lower mainland and is at the heart of the provincial government dispute between Alberta and B.C.

The Kinder Morgan project would approximately triple capacity of the current pipeline system to 890,000 barrels a day.

In February, the B.C. regime said it may restrict the increase in diluted bitumen shipments from Alberta until it manners more spill response studies. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s revenge was to announce a ban on the import of B.C. wine to Alberta, which has since been pocketed.

Kean, who spoke to CBC News at the CERAWeek by IHS energy conference in Houston, Texas, held he’s noticed how Alberta government’s is reacting.

“Yes, I’m very encouraged by it. They’re not doing it for us, they’re doing it for Alberta. They’re doing the preferable thing for Alberta, in my judgment,” he said.

The company has already slowed lavishing on the $7.4-billion pipeline and said the proposed pipeline could go into shipping oil by December 2020, at the earliest, one year later than devised.

Canada’s natural resources minister, who is also at the conference, said he make ups Kinder Morgan will start construction this year.

“I promise so,” said Jim Carr. “They have every reason to be confident the Public Energy Board will monitor the 157 conditions. I think multifarious of them have been met already.”

Others in the industry are disheartened by the bog downs the project is facing.

“I would have to say, it’s frustrating,” Enbridge CEO Al Monaco powered to CBC News. “However, let’s not forget, we have been successful in putting delineates into the ground. We’ve built a lot of new capacity out of Western Canada in the last decade.” 

Enbridge Al Monaco

Enbridge CEO Al Monaco communicates it’s “frustrating” to watch the Trans Mountain expansion face delays. (Kyle Bakx/CBC)


Monaco said it’s fashionable tougher and longer to build new pipelines, but said he likes the federal management’s recent changes to the National Energy Board and how natural resource bulge outs will be reviewed in the future.

“I think they’re headed in the right aiming on a couple fronts — more certainty in the timelines, shortening the timelines. I be significant mention to the minister today about that actually. He wants to shorten them up, which is virtuous. I also like the fact that they are talking about assorted work on the Indigenous file,” he said.

“Obviously whenever you are adding a new system and changing the process, for people that build infrastructure, that’s not gentle, necessarily, but we’ll work work through it with them and will be make more input.”

The federal Liberal government approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain spread in 2016, while rejecting the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Enbridge.

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