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    FortisBC jetty project earns federal approval


Federal environmental authorisation came three months after BC approved the project. [Image: FortisBC]

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FortisBC jetty project earns federal approval

Three months after the BC government approved FortisBC’s Tilbury Marine Jetty (TMJ) project in suburban Vancouver, the Canadian government on July 3 issued its own environmental approval, allowing the project to proceed.

The project involves the construction and operation of a new marine jetty located on Tilbury Island, along the South Arm of the Fraser River in Delta, BC. The jetty will allow FortisBC to load LNG from its Tilbury LNG facility onto small bunkers for domestic markets and larger tankers for exports to international markets.

The project is expected to generate more than C$100mn in goods and services and employ more than 250 workers during construction.

Both the BC and federal environmental approvals include several conditions, including measures to reduce impacts on indigenous peoples’ use of lands and resources and to protect fish and fish habitat and species at risk, including the southern resident killer whale. 

FortisBC must also obtain other federal permits and authorisations, including from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Transport Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada.