The Trans Mountain twinning factor

The solution for the environmental issue centred on the YVR jet-fuel supply system is likely to involve a factor that the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC) is trying to get away from, the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

In an earlier article, I wrote that “the intent is to double the pipeline capacity. . . .” Kinder Morgan hopes to accomplish that largely by completing the twinning of the pipeline. I found an excellent Kinder Morgan map graphic of that in an informative Clearwater Times article. It’s worth reading the whole article, but have a look at the map for a start.

From Edmonton at top right, the black line west and south shows the original Trans Mountain pipeline and some twinning that was done many years ago. The red line shows twinning that was completed three years ago. The blue line shows the extensive additional twinning that would enable Kinder Morgan to double the capacity of 300,000 barrels a day (close to 50 million litres) and perhaps go well beyond that.

The twinning and related capacity building are an issue for two reasons:

  • The inevitable environmental concerns
  • The way in which our province and particularly the British Columbians who live near the route and at the end of it are seemingly being used for the benefit of others with no benefit to them

The Trans Mountain pipeline is essentially the best way to transport crude and refined oil to the interior of B.C. and the Lower Mainland, so I hope that mindless opposition won’t drown out reasoned voices. However, there is going to have to be value for all parties, including communities that are affected.

The Trans Mountain twinning is inevitably a factor in a YVR jet-fuel solution that uses a better-functioning version of the basic existing system for results that are environmentally best and economically attractive for all parties. At the moment, the potential increase in Trans Mountain capacity seems to actually work against an optimal jet-fuel solution, but that can and should change.

Read other articles on this blog on this topic. Also visit the VAPOR website.


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