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Canada – The pipeline that supplies oil to Western Canada returns to service

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This restart of the Trans Mountain pipeline comes after three weeks of shutdown caused by severe weather conditions in mid-November.

The interruption of the flow from Trans Mountain had limited the oil supply in southwestern British Columbia.

AFP

The Trans Mountain pipeline, closed since mid-November due to severe flooding and landslides in British Columbia, has returned to service after a three-week shutdown, the state-owned company said on Sunday.

The pipeline buried in the ground of the two westernmost Canadian provinces was put back into service “safely”, according to Trans Mountain. The day before, the state-owned company explained that the pipeline had remained “in a safe static state” throughout the shutdown period and that “no product leakage or (no) serious damage to the pipe” ‘had’ been detected ‘.

Rationing on fuel until mid-December

The interruption of the flow of Trans Mountain, which carries 300,000 barrels of oil from Alberta every day to the marine terminal in the suburbs of Vancouver, had limited the oil supply in southwestern British Columbia. .

The provincial government had been forced to restrict access to fuel for the local population due to supply difficulties. Despite the return to service of the pipeline, fuel rationing is maintained until mid-December.

Trans Mountain, in use since 1953, is the only pipeline connecting Alberta, the main producing province, to the Canadian Pacific coast. Justin Trudeau’s government bought it in 2018 following strong opposition to its expansion plan, which aims to triple the pipeline’s transport capacity.

(AFP)

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