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Calgary (AB), Dec 3 (Canadian-Media): The official start of pipeline expansion construction would be done on Tuesday by Trans Mountain president and CEO Ian Anderson, federal Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan, provincial Energy Minister Sonya Savage, as well as representatives from local governments and the Enoch Cree Nation at an event near Acheson, Alta., west of Edmonton, media reports said.
Trans Mountain Pipeline. Image credit: Twitter handle
After the approval of $7.4-billion expansion for the second time earlier this year by federal Liberal government, the Crown corporation that owns the project has restarted some work at the pipeline's terminals.
The Federal Court of Appeal is currently reviewing an appeal by Indigenous groups of that second approval.
Premier Jason Kenney has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau frequently to push ahead with construction on the project, and blamed the federal Liberals for delays. The two are set to meet in Ottawa next week.
Reportedly about 4,200 workers would be employed by Trans Mountain along the pipeline corridor by the end of the year.
890,000 barrels of oil per day, tripling its capacity, will be carried by the pipeline expansion from Alberta to the B.C. coast once completed.
The project is expected to be finished by mid-2022