Trans Mountain has been given approval for its expansion plans at its Burnaby Terminal by the National Energy Board of Canada.
The company submitted a variance application, which the board says will significantly improve safety at the terminal.
As part of the Trans Mountain expansion project, the company will build 14 new oil storage tanks at its tank farm at the Burnaby Terminal. In March 2017, the company applied to the board to reduce the diameters of five of the new 14 tanks and the overall capacity of the facilities by 50,880 m3.
The company will also increase the amount of space between the tanks and reconfigure the secondary containment system at the tank farm to reduce the risk of fire.
The decisions by the board mean that Trans Mountain can now start construction at the terminal.
However, while the company can now commence work at the terminal, the board is still assessing condition compliance and the company is not yet authorised to begin building the pipeline itself.