KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The National Energy Board says that detailed route hearings for Segment 5 of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project are expected to begin in late April or early May, and will take place in Merritt and Kamloops.

Two Fort St. John-based companies were previously selected by Kinder Morgan Canada as the contractors to build both parts of the pipeline’s fifth segment between Kamloops and Hope. The Surerus-Murphy joint venture was selected to build Spread 5A between Kamloops and the Coquihalla Summit area, while Macro-Spiecapag has signed a contract to build Spread 5B between the Coquihalla Summit and Hope.

Today, the NEB also approved portions of the detailed route in Segment 5 that were not opposed by landowners or affected persons. To date, nearly 56 percent of the entire detailed route has been approved by the NEB. Prior to beginning construction in these areas, the company must satisfy all applicable NEB pre-construction conditions.

The NEB previously announced detailed route hearings for Segments 1, 2, 3 and 4 in B.C. and Alberta, as well as Segment 7 in the Burnaby area. Hearings for the remaining Segment 6, which is located in the Fraser Valley, will be announced at a later date.

The 1,147 kilometre-long Trans Mountain Expansion Project was approved by the federal government in November 2016 along a 150 metre-wide corridor.