Trans Mountain faces new delays, technical challenges in Mountain 3 HDD pipeline pullback

(UI) — Trans Mountain faces new delays in the completion of its oil export pipeline expansion, specifically during the pipeline pullback for the Mountain 3 Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) from January 25 to 27, 2024, the company said on Jan. 29.

The Canadian government-owned company is working to address technical issues, requiring additional time to determine the safest and most prudent actions to minimize further delays.

The expanded pipeline is targeted to be in service in the second quarter, with initial start-up expected in early April and full capacity by year-end, Reuters reported.

The C$30.9-billion ($23.04 billion) expansion initiative aims to nearly triple the crude flow from Alberta to Canada's Pacific Coast, reaching 890,000 barrels per day, according to Reuters. However, the project has encountered persistent setbacks, including years of delays and cost overruns. The primary challenge at present involves installing a pipeline section through a mountain in British Columbia, originally expected to be completed early this week.

Despite receiving regulatory approval for construction changes, the company is now grappling with renewed concerns about constrained pipelines.

This story was originally published by Reuters.

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