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    FortisBC trims Tilbury LNG expansion


Liquefaction capacity, new storage reduced after early engagement work [Image credit: FortisBC]

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FortisBC trims Tilbury LNG expansion

BC utility FortisBC said September 14 it had filed a detailed project description (DPD) for its Tilbury LNG Phase 2 expansion with regulatory authorities, reducing both the incremental liquefaction capacity and the additional storage contemplated for the project.

The DPD follows by about 18 months the initial project description (IPD), and incorporates learnings from early engagement activities carried out since the IPD was filed in March 2020.

Ultimate incremental capacity from the Phase 2 expansion has been reduced to 7,700 metric tons/day from 11,000 mt/day in the IPD, reflecting the result of early-stage engineering. New capacity will be added in stages in response to market demand; at full build-out, the expanded Tilbury LNG facility will be able to produce about 10,460 mt/day of LNG, including 60 mt/day of capacity from the terminal’s base plant – built in 1971 – which FortisBC says will be retired once Phase 2 is complete. 

Additional storage capacity in Phase 2 has been reduced to 142,400 m3 from 162,000 m3, reflecting early engineering and planning work in 2020 that enabled the utility to more accurately estimate the amount of new storage it would need to provide required system resiliency improvements. Total storage capacity at the expanded facility will be 216,400 m3.

What hasn’t been reduced is the estimated cost of the project: FortisBC is still estimating the total cost at C$3-$3.5bn. About 6,000 fulltime-equivalent (FTE) jobs will be created during construction, with 110 FTE jobs created in the operating phase.