WesPac Midstream Files for LNG Jetty Project
WesPac Midstream-Vancouver, a subsidiary of WesPac Midstream, said March 21 it had filed an application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office for its Tilbury Pacific LNG marine jetty on the Fraser River in BC’s Lower Mainland region.
The application moves the C$175mn (US$130.5mn) project into the public consultation phase. Assuming timely receipt of an environmental assessment certificate, construction could begin in 4Q 2019.
The jetty, which would be connected to FortisBC’s nearby Tilbury liquefaction facility, would serve as a bunkering facility for LNG-powered ships operating out of Vancouver and as a loading terminal for bulk exports by FortisBC. The jetty would accommodate LNG carriers up to 90,000 m3 capacity.
“The world is turning to natural gas as an energy alternative to coal and oil,” Tilbury Pacific LNG project manager Peter Gallenberger said. “Exporting LNG through the Tilbury Pacific jetty will help support the environmental goals of countries that lack Canada’s wealth of energy options, while also helping the shipping industry as it shifts from bunker fuel to natural gas.”
WesPac Midstream has been planning the jetty project since 2015, and in the last year several changes have been incorporated to address feedback received from First Nations, the public and potential customers. These changes include:
- A proposal to build a temporary floating berth to serve bunker vessels and ocean-going ships as soon as 2020;
- Construction of a permanent berth to serve export and bunker vessels by 2022, and;
- Reducing the jetty’s physical footprint to reduce impacts on the marine environment.