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Trans Mountain ‘on-water' work to start in Burnaby soon

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Construction started up again on land at Burnaby’s Westridge Marine Terminal during the summer – now it’s set to start soon on the water.

That’s according to an update by Trans Mountain about what it calls “on-water construction activity” after the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority issued it a new Project Permit on Sept. 27.

According to a statement from Trans Mountain, some of this work will include pile driving.

Construction activities will mainly take place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday, with the exception of night welding work, said the company.

“There will be no pile-driving activities planned outside the standard construction hours,” Trans Mountain said. “Other night shift work may be required; however, activities would be at low-noise levels, permission would be required from the Port Authority and notification would be provided in advance.”

This work, along with other on-shore work at Westridge, has been previously approved by the Canada Energy Regulator (formally known as the National Energy Board or NEB), said Trans Mountain.

The project was approved by the Port Authority subject to 64 permit conditions that Trans Mountain must meet to ensure the project is constructed safely, will not likely cause significant adverse environmental effects and considers the interests of local communities.

The construction activities scheduled to begin this year, according to Trans Mouintain, include:

- Site preparation activities

- In-water construction of new shipping berths

- Foreshore extension work

- Water treatment facilities

- Decommissioning and demolition of certain facilities

“Most construction will occur from the water using floating equipment such as marine derricks, barges, tugs and workboats,” said a Trans Mountain statement. “Equipment required for marine work will be barged to the site and workers will be transported by water taxi and bus to reduce overall traffic in the area.”

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