Trans Mountain is moving forward with planning and design work for the Expansion Project and construction is expected to begin in late 2017, but will vary along the pipeline. We’re continuing to engage our neighbours to better understand how our planned construction activities may impact communities and how neighbours would prefer to receive construction information and notifications.

As part of this engagement, Trans Mountain held an information session in the Fraser Heights neighbourhood in Surrey on December 1, 2016 so residents could learn more and provide feedback about routing updates and construction plans in the city.

Subject matter experts were on hand to address specific topics, such as environmental protection plans, construction timing and planned mitigation measures.

For close to five years, we’ve been consulting with landowners, Aboriginal groups, local governments and members of the community. We’ve made important changes to the Project as a result of the feedback received. In Surrey, those changes include:

  • Preferred routing is along South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) to avoid Surrey Bend Regional Park
  • Implementing measures to protect species-at-risk, such as the Pacific Water Shrew
  • Increased wall thickness and pipeline marking in urban areas to reduce potential for pipeline damage associated with third party activities
  • Trenchless installation under major paved roads to avoid traffic disruption

After site preparations are complete, pipeline construction in Surrey is expected to begin in 2018 and will involve building approximately 11.5 km of new 36-inch pipeline through the city.

Trans Mountain and our contractors will work to limit noise, dust and night lighting during construction in order to minimize disruption to neighbours. We will continue to engage and communicate regarding our activities before and during construction, and we will establish a community liaison contact for each affected community.

We are committed to ensuring that construction-related traffic impacts pose as little disturbance as is practical to neighbouring residents, landowners, businesses and communities.

The existing Trans Mountain pipeline runs through Surrey and has been providing petroleum products to the West Coast for more than 60 years.