Kinder Morgan Canada Limited has selected or signed memorandums of understanding with six experienced contractors who will lead construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Construction of the pipeline and associated terminal expansions are expected to take approximately 28 months to complete. The work is distributed among several spreads, or sections, along the route between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, BC. We recently connected with Midwest Pipelines Inc., the contractor for Spreads 1 and 2, who is responsible for the Alberta pipeline portion of the Project.

What’s your process for hiring the construction crews and related workers who will be building the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Midwest is commencing engagement with the stakeholders, Indigenous and local communities along the pipeline route providing opportunities for employment and businesses.  We anticipate that a significant portion of the workforce will be local.

Tell us a bit about your company’s experience with energy infrastructure construction.

Midwest Pipelines Inc. began in 2012 under private ownership and has grown into one of the leading pipeline construction companies in Western Canada.  Although the company is somewhat new, the executive and operational management team has over 160 years of combined experience in pipeline construction, project management, and pipeline integrity work and specialty fabrication.

Describe the actual work you will carry out.

Midwest will be constructing the 338-kilometre Alberta pipeline portion of the expansion Project.  The Alberta work includes the construction of two pipeline spreads of 36-inch pipe:

  • Spread 1 is approximately 50 km and commences at Kinder Morgan’s Edmonton Storage Terminal on the east side of the City of Edmonton, and terminates west of the City at Highway 60 south of Acheson;
  • Spread 2 is approximately 290 km and commences from the west end of Spread 1 and terminates at the Hinton Pump Station southwest of Hinton.

Do you have any particular engineering challenges which are unique or will require innovative solutions?

Our pipeline route has a number of complex Horizontal Directional Drills (HDD) of watercourses and infrastructure (highways, railways, pipelines). The highest concentration of these HDD’s is within the Edmonton area which follows the Transportation Utility Corridor (TUC) near Anthony Henday Drive around the south side of Edmonton.

Tell us about your company’s mission statement and/or core values?

Our mission is to become the Contractor of Choice for our staff and clients; to continuously improve through programs of training and innovation; and to become the Contractor that the public and Project stakeholders prefer and respect.

We will continuously build on the aspects of “safety, quality, integrity, and open and honest communications” with all stakeholders, particularly as they relate to the communities we work in and the people that may be touched by our projects.

People are the cornerstone of Midwest. We appreciate and respect those that contribute to our success, and commit to proudly support them, their families, and our way of life in Western Canada.

Please talk about your commitments to worker and public safety, and environmental protection.

Midwest Pipelines Inc.’s mandate is to be recognized as an industry leader in pipeline construction, and to be an industry leader in health and safety performance as well as environmental protection. By believing that all incidents are preventable, we will strive to achieve excellence in safety, loss control, and environmental protection, by leading with strong management, implementing strategic planning, and providing continuous education and training.  Our goal is to maintain an injury and accident free workplace.