Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Shut Down Due to Storms

The Trans Mountain oil pipeline 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.

David Ljunggren and Nia Williams, Reuters

Canada’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline has been shut down temporarily because of rainstorms pounding parts of the province of British Columbia, the operating company said in a statement on Nov. 15.

The Canadian government-owned pipeline ships 300,000 bbl/d of crude and refined products from Alberta to the Pacific Coast. Work on a major expansion project on the pipeline has also been halted, Trans Mountain Corp. said.

“As a precaution, Trans Mountain has shut down the Trans Mountain Pipeline due to widespread flooding and debris flows in the area around Hope, B.C.,” a company spokeswoman said in an email. She did not give any information on when the pipeline is expected to restart.

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