The Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) has announced that it has delayed the release of its recommendation report on Kinder Morgan Inc.’s proposed $5.4 billion, 980 km, 12 pump stations Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project by five months to acquire additional information on the project.
Trans Mountain, currently running 1150 km from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia, and transporting 300,000 barrel of oil per day, would be able to nearly triple its output to 890,000 barrels per day with the projected expansion.
The report will give the NEB’s recommendations on whether the pipeline expansion should go ahead, and is now expected to be released by May 20, 2016. Previously, it was scheduled to be released on Jan. 26, 2016.
“We have received the updated steps and process from the NEB. We are currently reviewing the timeline and whether there are any implications to our project,” Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said.
Kinder Morgan currently has construction scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2016 and anticipates the pipeline will be in service by the third quarter of 2018.