May 23, 2012 — Project Announced

Kinder Morgan Canada announces the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in response to requests from oil shippers to help them reach new markets by expanding the capacity of North America’s only pipeline with access to the West Coast. Shippers make binding 15- to 20-year contracts to participate in the Project. A followup announcement on January 10, 2013 sets the capacity of the expanded system at 890,000 barrels per day. Thirteen shippers including Canada’s largest oil producers such as Cenovus and Suncor are participating.

June 29, 2012 — Fees outlined

Trans Mountain Pipeline applies to its regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), for approval of the contract terms and toll structure for shippers moving product through the expanded pipeline. Tolls and terms are for 20 years. The NEB approves the Application on May 16, 2013.

December 13, 2013 — Application Filed

Trans Mountain Pipeline files a 15,000-page Facilities Application for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project with its regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB). The NEB names 1,650 participants for the hearing for the Project — including 400 Intervenors and 1,250 Commenters. Trans Mountain responds to more than 400 questions from the NEB during seven rounds of Information Requests and more than 17,000 from Intervenors. There is an oral hearing of traditional Aboriginal evidence and an oral argument about the Project as a whole.

May 19, 2016 — Project Recommended with 157 Conditions

Following a 29-month review that included a thorough scientific and technical examination of all the evidence brought before the NEB as well as a comprehensive environmental assessment, the board concludes the Trans Mountain Expansion Project is in the Canadian public interest. It recommends the federal Governor in Council approve it, subject to 157 conditions including requirements for environmental protection, emergency response, community impacts, engineering and safety, facilities design, air emissions, greenhouse gases and marine protection.

November 29 2016 — Project Approved

After a federal review of upstream greenhouse gas emission estimates associated with TMEP and a Ministerial Panel report on additional views not heard during the NEB’s hearing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces  the Government of Canada approves the Project. The government states that the NEB’s conditions are binding and will be enforced by the board prior to, during and after construction. “This is a defining moment for our Project and Canada’s energy industry,” says Ian Anderson, President, Kinder Morgan Canada.

December 1, 2016 — NEB Issues Certificate

Acting on the Government of Canada’s instructions, the NEB awards Trans Mountain Pipeline the Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience (CPCN), which permits construction and operation of the expanded pipeline system.

First Quarter 2017 — Next steps

Trans Mountain continues to proceed with Project planning, permitting, engagement and design required to meet the NEB’s conditions. Other next steps include a final cost estimate review with shippers committed to the Project and a final investment decision by the Kinder Morgan Board of Directors.

September 2017 — Construction Begins

Trans Mountain expects shovels in the ground in September 2017. Pipeline construction and associated terminal expansion takes about 30 months, with the work distributed among several spreads along the Project route. Project construction creates 123,000 direct, indirect and spinoff jobs.

December 2019 — Construction Completed

The projected in-service date for the expanded pipeline is December 2019. This creates an unprecedented tidewater connection for Western Canadian oil producers and shippers, including new market opportunities in Asia.