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    Bridgemans selected to provide Woodfibre LNG floatel


MV Isabelle is in transit and will be deployed in spring 2024 to the Woodfibre site near Squamish. [Image credit: CNW Group/Bridgemans Services Group]

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Bridgemans selected to provide Woodfibre LNG floatel

Vancouver-based floatel and marine construction services provider Bridgemans Services Group said November 28 it had been selected to provide floating workforce accommodations for the Woodfibre LNG project near Squamish, north of Vancouver.

The 2.1mn tonnes/year Woodfibre LNG facility, a project of Pacific Energy Canada and Enbridge, is now under construction and targeting commercial operations in 2027, when it will become the world’s first net-zero natural gas liquefaction plant.

Bridgemans was chosen for its commitment to sustainability and its ability to offer a turnkey solution for a safe and secure offshore accommodation solution for more than 600 workers at the Woodfibre site, which is about seven km from Squamish and accessible only by water.

“From the start, it's been a priority to make sure the construction of the Woodfibre LNG facility has as little impact on Squamish as possible and Bridgeman’s expertise in floating accommodation helps make that possible,” Woodfibre LNG CEO Christine Kennedy said. “We look forward to working with Bridgemans to offer the non-local project workforce the most comfortable and sustainable option in workforce accommodation available today.”

Bridgemans’ MV Isabelle recently underwent an extensive refit in Europe of its environmental systems and living, dining, recreation, and gathering areas and is now in transit to Canada’s west coast for deployment to the Woodfibre site in the spring of 2024.

The floatel incorporates 652 newly renovated single cabins with private ensuites, a high-end dining room, lounges, meeting rooms, fast wi-fi, offices, medical care, a state-of-the-art 8,000-ft2 fitness facility, billiards and games room, and dedicated accommodations for crew members.

The floatel will also offer a wide array of advanced environmental systems including an ultraviolet water purification system, the ability to run on shore hydro power, industrial-sized heat pumps, and sewage treatment that includes ultrafiltration, a low intensity UV unit, and shipping to a waste management facility in BC. In addition, Bridgemans is designing the MV Isabelle to eliminate waste and recycle as much as possible.

Bridgemans will also offer floatel support and workforce transfers through its Marine Services division, working within recent BC Environmental Assessment Office and Squamish Nation amendments that restrict non-emergency access to Squamish.