Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Restarts after Weeks Out of Service

Trans Mountain is a key oil export route and nearly two-thirds of its volumes in the first half of 2021 were light oil deliveries heading to U.S. refineries, says IHS Market Vice President Kevin Birn.


Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline restarted operations on Dec. 5, weeks after shutting down during a record-breaking rainstorm in British Columbia that washed out road and railways, Trans Mountain Corp. said in a statement.

The pipeline, owned by the Canadian government and which was closed as a precaution, ships 300,000 bbl/d of crude oil and refined products from Alberta to the Pacific Coast.

Trans Mountain said that throughout the shutdown, the pipeline was safe and there was “no indication of any product release or serious damage to the pipe.”

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