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    The Trans Mountain Pipeline is Making Money for Canada


    Canada’s ROI is solid, the Trans Mountain pipeline is full and making money. It’s time to look East.

    “The return on Canada’s investment is solid,” Trans Mountain Corp. CEO Ian Anderson said in December 2020 at an energy forum sponsored by Bennett Jones and hosted by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT). “Today cash generated by the pipeline system is about $185 million per year. After expansion, that cash will increase by eightfold. It will be firmly in excess of $1.3 billion per year.”

    The global pandemic cut Canada’s 2020 oil production by 7%, however, throughout the pandemic, the Trans Mountain pipeline had no space to spare.

    As a batched pipeline, the Trans Mountain pipeline can move unrefined oil and refined petroleum products. So it is flexible in terms of product. It serves refineries in Burnaby and Washington State with direct pipeline access. It can also fill tankers destined for California and Asia.

    The Success of the Trans Mountain Pipeline

    The Trans Mountain expansion project is now more than a year into construction, with about 7,000 workers employed on the project. Peak construction will begin in the spring and summer of 2021. To date, the company has spent $2.2 billion on the project in 2020’s first nine months.

    “With the challenges of the pandemic and the evolving energy markets around the world this past year, with questions around production and demand, we’ve been asked: Is the project still needed? The short answer is yes – in fact, never more so. The pipeline has been full every day since 2008. The demand for space exceeds our capacity. And, yes, the pipeline remained full even when demand and prices were at their lowest earlier this year. In fact, this summer, we had a record amount of product go through our line.” said Anderson.

    When the twinned pipeline is commissioned in late 2022, the government hopes to sell it. A number of First Nations groups have expressed interest in taking an equity position in it. Anderson noted that all Canadians now have a stake in the pipeline, its expansion and its benefits.

    The long journey Canadian Oil must take to reach Eastern Canada

    Knowing the ROI for Trans mountain is thriving, Canadians need to address the Energy East Pipeline. The Irving Refinery in Saint Johns New Brunswick is expecting another oil shipment from Western Canada by the end of April 2021. While it’s great that Canadian oil is now being shipped east, the journey the oil must take is long, not environmentally sound, convoluted and simply doesn’t make sense.

    Currently, our Canadian oil must first to be shipped to Texas via pipeline (!?). It is then loaded onto an oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico and then it travels 12,000 km, and burns a total of 7 million litres of diesel – as oil tankers can burn 63,000 gallons per day going 24-25knots, before it reaches the Irving Refinery in Atlantic Canada. The time, jobs, and resources lost to Canadians is immense.

    While other countries are investing in their oil industry, Canadians are told it’s a bad idea

    Sadly, as other countries continue to attract international investment to further expand their oil distribution, Canadians are being told by some, that in order to save the planet, we must stop investing in our oil industry. While the west coast pipeline is thriving and expected to make billions for Canadians, one has to wonder why a carbon neutral pipeline that ships oil directly from Western Canada to Eastern Canada is a bad investment for Canadians?


    The True Nature of AiM Land –

    We are a full service land consulting firm with innovative and expert knowledge of the land. We offer expertise for a broad spectrum of major energy projects across Canada and the United States. We are a full-service broker that does all portions of a project internally; we do not outsource any part of the work. We utilize leading edge technology to reduce costs, improve communications, and ultimately deliver the project more efficiently and done for the best price. Our strong and dynamic team brings extensive knowledge from the field and varying experiences to each project.

    Reach out to connect with us to learn how we can help with your project. 

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    Gabrielle Leakes
    Operations Manager | AiM Land
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    AiM Land Services