Let’s celebrate the pipeline that finished the marathon

As the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project gets set to go into service May first, this is Canada’s moment to celebrate a milestone achievement, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), whose members helped take this project over the finish line.

“While everything from flooding to fires and legal action threatened to sideline this project, it mattered too much not to finish,” said Paul de Jong, President & CEO of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “After years of delays, and a roller coaster ride to get here, it’s finally time to recognize what this pipeline means to Canadians.”

Twinning the existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline between the Edmonton area and Burnaby allows the system to nearly triple its capacity to 890,000 barrels per day. It opens up new markets for Canada’s oil, providing energy security and generating billions in additional revenue for all three levels of government. All along the pipeline route, this project has generated 35,000 jobs to date, supported local communities, promoted new and lasting partnerships, and provided opportunities to train new workers.

“We’re incredibly proud of our member companies and their workers,” added de Jong. “They achieved great feats in engineering and construction mastery in order to move the pipeline around communities and through the diverse terrain of mountainous regions and waterways.”

The Trans Mountain Expansion project was first announced in 2012. Since then, it has undergone the most rigorous design, consultation and environmental approvals process in Canadian regulatory history, and has met each and every requirement.

About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)

PCA is a national association of leading construction companies that employ more than 40,000 skilled tradespeople, who are represented primarily by CLAC. Our member companies are responsible for 40 percent of energy and natural resource construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders in building and maintaining many of Canada’s capital and infrastructure projects.

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