Canada’s Natural Resource Minister Amarjeet Sohi acknowledges that the Trans Mountain pipeline has been delayed, but adds that the project is moving forward.  Globe and Mail photo.

Trans Mountain pipeline delayed due to construction stoppage last spring

On Wednesday, Canada’s Natural Resource Minister Amarjeet Sohi said construction on the multi-billion dollar Trans Mountain pipeline has been delayed, but he added that the project is moving forward.

The comments came outside a federal Cabinet meeting in Nanaimo, BC.

“Yes, there’s a delay because of – the construction was stopped for a couple of months, but this is a project that is moving forward and will continue to move forward until it’s done,” said Sohi.

Last week, the National Energy Board gave permission for construction to begin on Segments 1-4 of the controversial pipeline.  These sections of pipeline run from Edmonton to the Darfield pumping station located north of Kamloops.

“Trans Mountain has now met all applicable pre-construction condition requirements for Spreads 1 through 4,” the NEB announced in the August 17 press release.

Preliminary work on the pipeline has begun, and crews are expected to begin work next spring.

While Sohi did not give a timeline for completion of the $4.5 billion pipeline, it is currently scheduled to be in service by December 2020.