What a year it has been! In June 2020, Trans Mountain began construction in the Kamloops Urban Area (KUA) and in the past 12 months, we’ve seen tremendous progress.

As of April 30, 2021, there were approximately 8,150 people working on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Over the past year, there have been 420 local and Indigenous Kamloops residents working on the Project from Edmonton to Burnaby. During this time, more than 650 workers have been in the Kamloops region each day which includes contractors and subcontractors.

During this unusual year, workers in the area have maintained strict COVID-19 protocols, including daily temperature screening, enhanced cleaning protocols and Rapid Response procedures for the assessment, isolation, and care of anyone showing symptoms, and a comprehensive in-house contact tracing strategy.

In the past year, work has been ongoing in Kenna Cartwright Park, with construction on the south side of the park complete and work continuing on the north side. Blasting, welding, and pipe installation will continue into the summer months, with an emphasis on pipe welding, coating and installation. We want to thank every neighbour and business in Kamloops for their patience while we construct the Expansion Project in their region.

Construction at the Kamloops Airport is now complete; however, our construction team will continue to use a portion of the airport property to store materials and equipment. We constructed and opened a new dog park on Aviation Way for use during closure of Ord Road dog park.

In December, we completed the Thompson River horizontal directional drill, near the Kamloops airport, with clean up in the area now finished.

Crews in the Lac du Bois area have been using specialized techniques for steep slope construction as well as conventional pipeline construction techniques throughout the area.

A lot of work has taken place in the area above Westsyde Road and crews will continue to be busy into the summer months. This work is primarily traditional pipeline construction, with clearing, grading, trenching, pipe installation and backfill work ongoing.

In the fall, during pre-construction environmental surveys, the Expansion Project’s environmental team located three snake dens in the Lac Du Bois grasslands. We demonstrated our commitment to environmental protection by relocating the snakes to the BC Wildlife Park and releasing them this spring.

Since construction, Trans Mountain has awarded more than $14 million in contracts to local companies in Kamloops and more than $80 million in contracts to local Indigenous communities’ affiliated companies.

Our Expansion Project team salvaged cryptogamic crust salvage in Kenna Cartwright Park. Hand tools were used to gently remove crust material which is then transferred to a secure storage location until the reclamation phase of the Project

In July, Trans Mountain, Surerus Murphy Joint Venture (SMJV), and the City of Kamloops were honoured to participate in a Cultural Ceremony led by Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Elders to acknowledge construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in Kamloops. Trans Mountain has a Mutual Benefits Agreement (MBA) with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc that will provide significant employment and business benefits for the community.

SMJV and Trans Mountain workers continue to be active members in Kamloops, giving back to local community groups. Since June 1, 2020, SMJV and Trans Mountain workers in Spread 5A have raised more than $200,000 to support Kamloops community groups and organizations.

SMJV employee $8,000 donation to Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club.

Construction spending in the Kamloops area is expected to be more than $450 million over the next two years with additional workforce spending of more than $40 million for goods and services at local businesses. After expansion, Trans Mountain’s annual tax contribution to the City of Kamloops will increase by $1.2 million to $2.8 million.

Trans Mountain has signed a Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) with the City of Kamloops that will see a $700,000 contribution toward funding community projects. Trans Mountain also has a partnership with Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops that will see a $500,000 contribution over 20 years toward funding annual awards for students in Trades, Social Work and Applied Research programs, and the Environmental Science graduate program.

In the next few months, work will continue in Lac du Bois, Kenna Cartwright Park and at Black Pines as well as in the Kamloops Urban Area. This work includes clearing, grading, stripping and blasting, as well as steep slope work followed by pipe installation. Work will also begin on a new 1.5-km transmission line north of Kamloops that will provide power to Trans Mountain’s Black Pines Pump Station, which is currently under construction as part of the Expansion Project.