There is nothing more important than the safety of our neighbours, the community and our employees.

The Burnaby Terminal has been operating safely for more than 60 years and through our prevention and emergency management programs, we are confident we have the ability to prevent and respond to any kind of incident today and into the future.

Although Trans Mountain’s original design for the Burnaby Terminal was in accordance with the applicable governing regulations, codes and standards, we have enhanced the design as a result of engineering refinements and further risk modelling results. On March 1, 2017, we applied to the National Energy Board for approval of a variance to the design of the terminal, with a focus on several core risk-reduction principles.

Through the variance, we’re seeking approval to reduce the capacity of five new tanks and to adjust the volume of two tanks for a net reduction of 50,880 m3 (320,000 bbls) in total storage capacity.

In addition, Trans Mountain seeks approval of a revised secondary containment configuration. Trans Mountain now proposes to install shared containment in maximum groupings of two, with the exception of one set of three tanks which would share containment.

Other changes proposed within the variance application include changes to the manifold area, relief tankage and ancillary infrastructure including:

  • Changes to the design of the manifold configuration
  • Addition of a sump tank in the manifold area and a relief tank at Burnaby Terminal
  • Replacement of the existing fire reservoir with a new, larger reservoir immediately east of the existing reservoir
  • Addition of two substations on the existing terminal site to supply power to the terminal and the addition of a total of 13 electrical services buildings for enhanced distribution and control of tank operations

In more than 60 years of operation, we’ve never had a storage tank fire at one of our terminals. Although tank fires world-wide are extremely rare, our prevention and emergency management programs are an integral part of keeping our terminals operating safely.

Trans Mountain’s facilities are designed and operated to industry best practices and meet the most stringent fire safety standards. These measures include early detection and fire suppression systems, operational procedures to reduce possible risks, training exercises, site-specific fire pre-plans, regular National Energy Board (NEB) audits and compliance with the American Petroleum Institute and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.

We have a number of additional safety measures at the Burnaby Terminal, such as an advanced on-site fire suppression system, 24/7 monitoring for early fire detection of all floating roof storage tanks and adequate spacing as set out by NFPA and the National Fire Code of Canada.

As part of the Expansion Project, we have enhanced our emergency response plans to address the requirements of the expanded system. We are also introducing new preventative and mitigation measures designed to reduce the risk of fires and spills, many of which exceed regulatory requirements.

At the Burnaby Terminal, the fire protection enhancements include a larger fire-water reservoir, new high-capacity fire-water pump and foam systems, early fire detection systems, remote-activated fire suppression systems and a mobile firefighting system that includes a foam trailer, cannon and firefighting equipment.

The proposed design changes included in the variance come as a result of the work conducted in support of Trans Mountain’s compliance filings for Conditions 22 (Updated Terminal Risk Assessments) and 24 (Secondary Containment – Burnaby Terminal).

Read more about the proposed changes to Burnaby Terminal.