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:

Spread 6, 7A, 7B Land Acquisitions for Langley, Surrey, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Metro Vancouver, and TransLink.

  • Negotiation of Municipal Agreements with City of Coquitlam, City of Surrey, and City of Burnaby
  • Liasing/obtaining agreements with project stakeholders/ utility owners such as Metro Vancouver, TransLink, and Ministry of Transportation
  • Engage private landowners and Indigenous parties to negotiate Landowner Agreements.
  • Coordinate TMP LP’s sub consultants to submit Design Crossing Packages for review and approval.
  • Construction Owner Representative and chair re-occurring meetings and hold site meetings to ensure and maintain positive relationship with third parties.
  • Engaged to facilitate and coordinate relationship with select private landowners that have more complex needs and requirements.
  • Facilitate and review select contractor permits.

Spread 7A Engineering Support for Surrey Multi-User Pathway

  • RAM was engaged to complete the restoration grade design for the North Slope MUP.

Spread 7B Westridge Marine Terminal Interim Occupancy Documentation Review

  • Review of acceptance documentation for interim occupancy permits from VFPA.

TMEP Fiber on the Pipe Projects providing full design, project management, permitting and construction management support for following projects:

  • Port Kells
  • Clearwater Town
  • Raft River
  • Mountain 3
  • Coldwater 4
  • Dry Gulch

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.