Kamloops Terminal is a busy hub for the Trans Mountain Pipeline system. It runs full time at capacity and has a dedicated team of employees who ensure it operates safely, at peak performance. Kamloops Terminal contains two storage tanks and serves as both a hub for local distribution of petroleum product shipped from Edmonton and a receiving point for products shipped from northeastern British Columbia. The facility includes hydraulic pumps boosting pressure to keep petroleum products moving efficiently through the pipeline to destinations including Burnaby Terminal. We recently caught up with Brian Jahnke, District Supervisor, Kamloops Operations to learn more.

How long have you been with Trans Mountain?

I am in my 18th year with Trans Mountain, the last seven as District Supervisor, Kamloops Operations. My previous employment with Trans Mountain included providing instrumentation, electrical and operational field support.  

What are your responsibilities at Kamloops Terminal?

My responsibilities include providing operational support to our (Edmonton) Control Centre Operations ensuring the pipeline is operated in the most safe and efficient manner possible. That support includes:

  • Ensuring all preventative maintenance is completed within Kamloops District, which includes facilities and mainline block valves from Darfield to Kingsvale
  • Providing stakeholder engagement, including communication with municipal, provincial federal and Indigenous bodies
  • Overseeing operational budgets related to work within Kamloops District
  • Training and overseeing emergency response efforts

What’s the role of Kamloops facility in the Trans Mountain system?

It is a critical facility on the Trans Mountain Pipeline. It has both terminal and pump station capability. It moves product within our current mainline and injects product from the terminal as received from local third-party supply. It is required to hydraulically facilitate product movement south towards the Lower Mainland, helping meet the energy demand of the people who live there.

Is there such a thing as a ‘typical day’ at the facility? What does it look like?

There is not really a typical day here. I would say it’s a fairly dynamic workplace. My role is to provide support and guidance in helping our team facilitate completion of their work. That could include anything from participating in emergency response exercises to managing our operational budget and forecasting the work required to maintain safe and efficient operations.

Can you explain a bit about Kamloops Terminal’s role in providing refined motor fuel for British Columbians?

The Trans Mountain Pipeline is unique with respect to hydrocarbons movement in the pipeline world. We batch (or transport) both refined product (gasoline/diesel) and crude oil. Our Control Centre Operations facilitates batch injections and the ultimate delivery to end destinations. Kamloops Products Take Off receives gasoline batches weekly — these are used to accommodate fuel demands for the Central Interior of BC. Kamloops Pump Station and Terminal feeds the Lower Mainland with crude oil for refining as well as refined product which can be directly used to fuel motor vehicles.

What kind of work is carried out to keep the station at peak performance?

We are a federally regulated company. All our work is scheduled and documented through a maintenance tracking program that provides traceability in what we do and how we do it. The work includes everything from testing protective devices, control systems and emergency response equipment.

How would the Kamloops facility change with the Expansion Project?

The Expansion Project is designed with pump stations geographically engineered and situated based on pipeline hydraulics and required infrastructure. Kamloops is one such location that will see a new pump station built and operated on Line 2 (which is the expansion line). The current facility on Line 1 (the original pipeline) will continue to exist and operate in its current configuration.