Canada reviewing six leave-to-open applications for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project

(UI) – According to Reuters, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is currently reviewing six leave-to-open applications for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which aims to nearly triple crude flow from Alberta to Canada's Pacific Coast. The pipeline expansion will also “open up access to Asia and the U.S. West Coast.”


While the Trans Mountain pipeline announced oil transportation starting on May 1, it's unclear if all pending applications must be approved for operations to begin, Reuters reported.

Out of 42 applications received, CER has approved 36, covering pipeline spreads, pump stations, and tanker loading facilities. Typically, the CER has been prompt in approving these applications within a week or two of submission, Reuters predicted.

Leave-to-open applications indicate permission for sections of the pipeline to commence operations. With construction delays and cost overruns, the oil and gas industry is eager for the expansion's commencement.

This story was originally reported by Reuters.

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