Trans Mountain continued its Business Readiness Workshops in the North Thompson Valley at the end of November with events held in Valemount, Blue River and Clearwater, BC. These workshops attracted more than 100 attendees, some of whom travelled from Barriere and Kamloops to meet Trans Mountain’s primary contractors and learn more about the procurement process and Project timelines. In attendance were representatives from Trans Mountain as well as from the General Construction Contractor (GCC) for Spreads 3 and 4, Ledcor Sicim Limited Partnership (LSLP); the contractor for the pump stations, WorleyParsonsCord; as well as contractors for TMEP’s construction monitoring and inspection, WorleyParsons and Stantec Consulting.

LSLP will be constructing 275 km of pipeline in the North Thompson Valley, which includes the construction of two pipeline spreads:

·      Spread 3 is approximately 120 km of 42” pipe (with a short section of 36”) and begins at Kinder Morgan’s Hargreaves Scraper Trap facility, west of Jasper, AB and terminates at the Blue River Pump Station

·      Spread 4 is approximately 155 km of 36” pipe and commences south of the Blue River Pump Station and terminates at the Darfield Pump Station, 80 km north of Kamloops

Many attendees at the workshop were interested in employment and training opportunities in the region and this event was a great place for Trans Mountain and its contractors to communicate to local communities that we’re committed to maximizing Aboriginal, local and regional employment and benefits from the Project. Most of the other attendees were skilled and experienced small business owners with the capacity to provide goods, services and supplies to the Project during construction.

The construction workforce is estimated to peak at more than 1,100 workers in the North Thompson Valley. Workers will be housed in construction camps in Valemount, Blue River and Clearwater as well as in local accommodation such as hotels, RV Parks and rental accommodation. Camp development, workforce hosting and use of local goods and services will generate additional economic spinoff in the North Thompson Valley.

Trans Mountain’s online procurement registry will assist with the selection process for potential sub-contractors, suppliers and vendors. The data collected by Trans Mountain will be provided to all of Trans Mountain’s GCCs and sub-contractors for consideration. Businesses are encouraged to register their company here.