VANCOUVER—Kinder Morgan Canada has filed its long-anticipated application to the National Energy Board to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to the British Columbia coast.
President Ian Anderson says the application addresses issues previously identified by the national regulator, including environmental, social and economic impacts, as well as aboriginal engagement and public consultation.
The $5.4-billion project will now undergo a public review.
If approved, the pipeline could be operational by late 2017.
Kinder Morgan says 13 companies have already signed firm contracts for the pipeline that could ship up to 890,000 barrels per day from Edmonton to the company’s marine terminal in Burnaby.
Though the Trans Mountain line has been in operation for 60 years, much of the project will involve construction of completely new pipeline along a different route and the project already faces opposition from environmental groups, some First Nations and several Metro Vancouver councils.
CORRECTION: The Canadian Press issued a correction to this story on Dec. 17. The story states the pipeline will be constructed along a completely new route when, in fact, about 70 per cent of the pipeline will be along the current pipeline corridor.