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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Trans Mountain oil pipeline in Canada will reopen on Sunday

Trans Mountain oil pipeline in Canada

Key Takeaways:

  • Trans Mountain Corp. announced in a statement on Saturday that the pipeline will reopen on Sunday.
  • Weeks after, it was shut down due to a record-breaking storm in British Columbia that washed out roads and trains.

The pipeline, granted by the Canadian government also was temporarily shut down as a precaution, transports 300,000 barrels of crude oil and processed goods each day from Alberta to the Pacific Coast.

The pipeline was safe throughout the shutdown, according to Trans Mountain, with “no indication of any product release or serious pipe damage.” After final repairs and examinations, the pipeline will reopen on Sunday during daylight hours.

 oil pipeline in Canada
oil pipelines in Canada; Image from Clean Bowled

Heavy rains impeded restoration operations earlier this week, and the operator said it was “still days away” from restoring the major oil pipeline at a reduced capacity.

Heavy rains and flooding have continued to wreak havoc across British Columbia. People were caught in vehicles on highways due to landslides, and Merritt, a village of 7,000 people, had been advised to leave.

Trans Mountain is North America’s only pipeline that transports both crude oil and refined products, and the current shutdown is the biggest in the system’s history.

Trans Mountain is a significant oil export route, with light oil deliveries to United States refineries accounting for over two-thirds of its volumes in the first half of 2021, according to IHS Market Vice President Kevin Birn, citing Canada Energy Regulator data.

Source: Calgaryherald News

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