Trans Mountain Pipeline hoping for a reduced restart next week, but weather remains uncertain

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The company said in a statement on Friday that the Trans Mountain pipeline could restart at reduced capacity or as early as the middle of next week.

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“Once restarted, deliveries of oil and refined products currently in line will continue as they move to their delivery points in Kamloops, Sumas or Burnaby. After the initial start-up, a sustained effort will continue to bring the system back to its full potential at the earliest,” the statement read.

The pipeline has been voluntarily closed since Sunday, November 14, when an atmospheric river collided with BC

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Two more atmospheric rivers are on their way to the province – one on Saturday and Sunday and one expected around next Tuesday.

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Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said on Friday that a full update on the pipeline was coming Monday, but added that even without the pipeline, the province’s fuel supply was “stagnant.”

He said that only on Thursdays fuel was being brought in by barge and rail with 12 westbound trains and 12 eastbound trains running between the Lower Mainland and the Interior.

Dan McTeague, a petroleum analyst with Canadians for Affordable Energy, said on Friday that the longer the Trans Mountain pipeline, customers at the pumps will continue to see restricted purchases and some limited supplies.

“Best-case scenario, we’re not going to see anything until the first, second week of December, and possibly Christmas, before everything goes back to what we consider normal,” he said, in Burnaby BC. Parkland Refinery still has to do. Resume operations as well.

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Fleming said people should continue to conserve fuel to help reduce the long lines at pumps and gas stations that are shutting down.

He said people should also consider restricting non-essential travel.

“This may be the right time to rethink some travel that is not essential because we need highways for the movement of goods,” Fleming said.

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