Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain Pipeline Anchor Loop Project Completed Ahead Of Schedule; Mount Robson Section In Service

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Nov. 3, 2008

Kinder Morgan Canada has completed the construction and commissioning of the Trans Mountain pipeline Anchor Loop Project. The 62-kilometer Mount Robson section of the project in British Columbia was completed ahead of schedule and placed into service on Oct. 30, 2008. The 97-kilometer Jasper section was completed in April 2008, seven months ahead of schedule. With both sections now complete, the Anchor Loop project increases the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline system from 260,000 barrels per day to 300,000 barrels per day.

Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada, said, “The successful completion of the project is the culmination of years of planning and execution of a very complex and highly scrutinized pipeline project. Extremely rugged terrain and very stringent environmental requirements to work in the UNESCO designated Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, which included both Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park, were challenges that were met with excellence. All eyes were on us with this project and I’m extremely pleased with how well it was executed.”

Environmental restoration has been completed on the Jasper section and restoration on the Mount Robson section will be completed during 2009. Ongoing monitoring work will carry on for several years to come. “We will continue to work closely with park authorities, regulators and other stakeholders to ensure we leave a positive legacy in both Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park,” Anderson said.

Anderson went on to say, “This type of commitment to excellence is further exemplified in our operational capabilities where Kinder Morgan Canada was recently awarded the 2008 Pipeline Operator of the Year award at the International Pipeline Conference in Calgary. This award recognizes Kinder Morgan’s commitment to effectively integrating technology, personnel, safety and regulations in its pipeline operations. These criteria acknowledge the company’s ability to continue to safely operate the Trans Mountain pipeline system as it has for more than 50 years.”

Wayne Van Velzen, area supervisor for Mount Robson Provincial Park, said, “The project has been a big success in the park. The clearing, construction and final cleanup has been conducted to a very high standard. The staff and management of Kinder Morgan Canada and their contractor, North American Construction, have been wonderful to work with. Both companies have demonstrated a genuine desire to do the best possible job. The completion of the restoration phase will take place in 2009 and I have every confidence that it will be to the same excellent standard that we have seen to date.”

Kinder Morgan also worked closely with Parks Canada specialists throughout the large, complex and publicly visible project to help ensure adherence to environmental standards while working in such a sensitive and special place as Jasper National Park. Parks Canada acknowledged the diligence, care and stewardship shown by the company and crews during construction and restoration in the Jasper component of the Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. It also recognized the contribution Kinder Morgan made to help protect one of Canada’s national treasures for future generations.

Village of Valemount Mayor, Jeannette Townsend, and the village council also saw many positive benefits from the project. They thanked Kinder Morgan and the workers for the support provided to the community and local businesses over the past six months.

Jasper Mayor, Richard Ireland, said, “Kinder Morgan was an outstanding corporate citizen during the construction period and made a number of important contributions to the community. They have our thanks and our best wishes as they complete this project.”

Early on in the project planning stages, Kinder Morgan recognized the importance of early engagement and meaningful collaboration with First Nation’s groups. This approach also contributed to the overall success of Anchor Loop.

Chief Keith Matthew of the Simpcw First Nations commented that he and his community were pleased to have participated in the Anchor Loop project and looked forward to working with Kinder Morgan Canada in the future. Chief Matthew said members from his community were happy to work on this engineering marvel that traversed through Simpcw Traditional Territory in Jasper and Mount Robson parks.

Tom Macdonald, consultation coordinator for the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation (AWN), said, “The AWN were appropriately consulted during the planning and consultation stages. The project posed some monumental tasks to ensure it would have as little environmental impact as possible, and it will not have any adverse impacts on AWN significant sites and areas. The collaborative effort on the part of Kinder Morgan and the AWN resulted in a final plan with successful outcomes for all involved. Kinder Morgan, thank you for demonstrating your company’s sincerity and commitment to building a trusting relationship with the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation.”

The C$527 million Anchor Loop project was completed ahead of schedule. Kinder Morgan Canada operates the 1,150-kilometer (710-mile) Trans Mountain pipeline system that is the only direct pipeline link that transports crude oil and refined products from Edmonton, Alberta, to marketing terminals and refineries in the greater Vancouver area, British Columbia, and Puget Sound in Washington state. For more information on Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline system expansion, please visit www.tmxproject.com


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