The company that owns the Trans Mountain pipeline says it remains optimistic that the pipeline can be restarted by the end of the week.
Trans Mountain Corp says it has 350 people working round the clock to restart the pipeline, which has been shut down as a precaution since November 14 due to floods in British Columbia.
The company says that over the weekend, crews were either moved or airlifted to areas where there is still no road access to inspect the pipes.
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Trans Mountain says there is no sign of any leakage from the pipeline. As a precaution, the company has deployed spill-response equipment at control points in the areas of the river from where it is operating.
The Trans Mountain Pipeline is an important part of the energy infrastructure for BC and Washington State. This is the longest period of closure of the pipeline in its nearly 70-year history.
Enbridge Inc. temporarily closed a section of one of two pipelines that make up its Westcoast natural gas pipeline last week due to heavy flooding in B.C.
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Enbridge says it was able to maintain natural gas service despite the incident and has since increased capacity on the system. It said the Westcoast pipeline is now transporting 1.63 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, more than 100 percent of the total contracted volume transported at this time last year.
The Canadian Pacific Railway Company announced Monday that it will reopen its railway between Kamloops, BC and Vancouver by mid-Tuesday, November 23. CP says crews have been working round the clock since November 14 to repair 30 spots in CP’s Thompson. Cascade subdivisions that were damaged in the flood.