The Trans Mountain Corp. said it plans to restart the pipeline on Sunday in an update, after a precautionary shutdown was put in place following heavy rains and flooding across British Columbia.
The company said that while the pipeline was down, it safely remained in a static state and there was no indication of product release or serious damage to the pipe. All necessary repairs have been carried out.
A detailed examination of the integrity of the pipeline and geotechnical assessments of the surrounding landscape to confirm that the pipeline is ready to restart.
Preparing for the restart has been continuous and heavy work to restore access to damaged roads, changes in river flows and inclement weather, the company said.
The pipeline has been closed since November 14.
“We anticipate that all assessments, repairs and protective earthworks necessary for a safe restart will be completed by tomorrow and plans have been developed and shared with Canada’s Energy Regulator (CER),” said the society.
The restart is scheduled for tomorrow during the day, pending the approval of the CER and the final repair work. The teams will closely monitor the terrain and the technological systems operated by the control center.
Emergency management teams and equipment remain in place in key areas with dams proactively deployed in the unlikely event of a release.
Additional work will be completed in the coming weeks, as Trans Mountain performs additional line inspection, shoreline shielding and adding ground cover or relocating sections of the pipeline.