Project Summary

Trans Mountain

$9 Billion

Construction Management, Project Management

Infrastructure, Utility

Project Description

The project consists of the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline from Strathcona County (Edmonton, Alberta) to Burnaby, BC. The expansion is approximately 980km of new pipeline and 19 additional storage tanks at existing facilities. The project will increase the nominal capacity of the pipeline 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day. RAM’s scope covers Spread 7, which ranges from the Township of Langley, through Surrey, Coquitlam, Burnaby and terminates at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia.

RAM’s Role

RAM was retained by Trans Mountain to conduct the following services in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia:

  • Engagement for purpose of obtaining permits and permissions (City of Coquitlam, City of Surrey, Metro Vancouver, City of Burnaby, Township of Langley, Shell, TransLink).
  • Lead technical and constructability discussions in negotiations for crossing agreements and construction services agreements with project stakeholders/utility owners.
  • Manage Trans Mountain’s sub-consultants to engage private landowners and Indigenous parties to negotiate Landowner Agreements.
  • Manage Trans Mountain’s sub consultant to submit Design Crossing Packages for review and approval.

Project Challenges

  • Separate Crossing Agreements are required for all affected municipalities. Each municipality has specific requirements (e.g., liability clauses, indemnity clauses, compensation for lands, early works access);
  • Number of crossings and land access requirements vary for each municipality, which impacts the details of all agreements (e.g., compensation and restoration requirements);
  • Complexity of agreements involves multiple levels of review (e.g., technical, municipal counsel, external counsel). Municipal review periods are critical and can directly impact overall Project schedule; and
  • The Project can initiate a Right of Entry process with the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER) in lieu of mutual agreements to preserve schedule. This is not favored as there are negative impacts to working relationships.