Construction is in full swing in Burnaby, BC with work underway at Burnaby Terminal and Westridge Marine Terminal.

On-shore construction at Westridge that first began in August has continued and work in the water kicked off in October.

On land, crews have been busy installing soil anchors to widen the access road within the facility.

In the water, more than 25 piles have been driven and two barges are currently working on site. In total, the three new berths will be supported by 162 in-water piles that will be installed to support the berth structures and access trestles.

The longest pile is 80 metres, making it the longest single-length pile in both Kiewit and Ledcor’s Canadian histories.

The MENCK hammer, one of the largest hammers in the world, is being used to drive the piles into the ocean floor. At 15 metres long, it weighs 140 metric tonnes (MT). 

On the foreshore at Westridge, crews are installing 11 full cells and 10 peanut cells using a template that is 21 metres in diameter, five metres tall and weighs 80 MT.  

Over at Burnaby Terminal, the site is a very busy place these days and is seeing some 100 vehicles a day coming in and out of the main gates.

Work at this terminal includes the removal of one existing storage tank and installation of 14 new storage tanks. In November, the demolition process began on Tank 74 to make room for the construction of new tanks.

Clearing, grubbing and stripping work continued on-site in November and a pad for a new water treatment system has now been completed.

Work on roadways continues and a temporary sound barrier has been installed in the southwest area of the terminal to minimize the noise impacts of our construction activities on our neighbours living near the terminal.

Trans Mountain has also been conducting maintenance and facility upgrades at Burnaby Terminal to ensure the continued safe operation of the terminal. Work is underway to modify existing piping and related infrastructure within the terminal.

The relocation work required to accommodate future operations of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is now complete. 

The replacement of original piping with new piping is designed to allow the passage of in-line inspection tools which will improve the integrity of Burnaby Terminal.