Construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in the North Thompson region includes Spread 3, 4A and 4B pipeline construction and six facilities. The Valemount Camp Community and Clearwater Camp Community will provide accommodation for people working on the Expansion Project in this region.

Communities included in the North Thompson are:

  • Valemount
  • Albreda
  • Blue River
  • Avola
  • Vavenby
  • Clearwater
  • Barriere

Spread 3 and 4A Pipeline Construction

Pipeline construction extends from Rearguard Falls north of Valemount to just south of Avola. Work consists primarily of conventional pipeline construction techniques, with trenchless techniques being used for the multiple crossings of the North Thompson River and the Blue River. In these locations, a horizontal directional drill will be used to minimize impacts and disruption to these areas. The Blue River HDD will also cross under the Mike Wiegele ski resort.

Ledcor Sicim Limited Partnership is the contractor responsible for this work, which includes:

  • Approximately 201 km of pipeline construction
  • Five trenchless crossings using horizontal directional drilling

Ledcor Sicim brings more than 120 years of pipeline experience to the Project, with a particular focus on challenging mountainous terrain.

Spread 4B Pipeline Construction

Extending from Vavenby to Darfield, work consists primarily of conventional pipeline construction techniques, with trenchless techniques being used for the Clearwater River, Raft River and Mann Creek crossings.

SA Energy Group is the contractor responsible for this work, which includes:

  • Approximately 80 km of pipeline construction
  • Three trenchless crossings using horizontal direction drilling

SA Energy Group is a 50/50 General Partnership between Robert B. Somerville and Aecon Utilities. The partnership combines the strength of two Canadian construction companies. The partnership has substantial experience with large diameter pipeline construction.

Facilities Construction

Cord will be responsible for undertaking work at six facilities, including five pump stations within this region. Pump stations contain electric motors, also called pump stations, that maintain the pressure and flow rate in the pipeline.

  • Hargreaves Trap Station
  • Rearguard Pump Station
  • Blue River Pump Station
  • McMurphy Pump Station
  • Blackpool Pump Station
  • Darfield Pump Station

Cord has extensive experience with terminal and pump station construction in Western Canada, including more than 50 similar pump stations and work on terminals that includes more than 30 million barrels of storage.

Valemount Camp Community

Located near Valemount, the camp community is a self-sufficient site connected to power with on-site water and sewer infrastructure. Operated by Tsetsk’wem Management Services – a Joint Venture between Simpcw Resource Group and ATCO – the camp community will house up to 600 people working on the Expansion Project.

Read more about the camp community here.

Clearwater Camp Community

Located near Clearwater, the camp community is a self-sufficient site connected to power with on-site water and sewer infrastructure. Operated by Tsetsk’wem Management Services – a Joint Venture between Simpcw Resource Group and ATCO – the camp community will house up to 550 people working on the Expansion Project.

Read more about the camp community here.