The line runs oil from Alberta to the Burnaby storage facility and the Westridge Marine Terminal in the Burrard Inlet, where tankers fill up with crude.
"As part of the proposed Trans Mountain expansion project, the Burnaby terminal will require approximately double the existing stor-age capacity," said Kinder Morgan spokesperson Lexa Hobenshield. "Because we have an existing facility, all work and addition to storage capacity will occur on the existing footprint if the project is approved.
The configuration - size and placement - of the tanks are not determined and will be subject to engineering design and consultation."
Hobenshield said that although the company is federally regulated, Kinder Morgan plans to work with local municipalities, providing them with information as part of their permit application processes.
"Remember, we are in the early stages of our process and are just initiating our consultation activities," Hobenshield said. "This is the start of a five-year process. We know that resident have questions, and this local input will be critical to our planning."
The tank farm is used to temporarily store petroleum products. There are 13 tanks on Burnaby Mountain, with a total capacity of roughly 1.6 million barrels of oil, mostly crude with some storage space for gasoline additives.