Fraser Surrey Docks



At the July 30, 2018 Regular meeting, Council endorsed several follow-up action items from staff related to BHP Billiton’s proposed potash terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks. The proposed terminal is located in the City of Surrey and abuts with the City of Delta’s boundary, raising concerns related to emergency access and cumulative environmental and community impacts (i.e. traffic, air quality, noise). Delta is requesting that the Port of Vancouver conduct a cumulative effects assessment of community and environmental impacts associated with the proposed terminal. View the staff report.


Fraser Surrey Docks is a large, multi-purpose marine terminal located in Surrey, BC, immediately east of the North Delta/Surrey border along the Fraser River. Each year, millions of tonnes of cargo move through Fraser Surrey Docks.

Currently, there are two commodity export terminals (grain and potash) proposed for Fraser Surrey Docks, along with the already approved direct transfer coal facility, a 4 million tonne per year coal export facility. The status of these terminals is provided below.



Direct Coal Transfer Facility

Approved; construction dependent upon market conditions related to the export of thermal coal

Fraser Grain Terminal

Active; project permit approved in November 2018; construction began in late 2018 and is expected to take approximately 24 months to complete; view the Council Report

BHP Billiton Potash Terminal

Active; project permit application submitted in June 2018

The combined operation of the coal facility, proposed grain terminal and the proposed potash terminal would total sixteen million tonnes per year of bulk products being exported from Fraser Surrey Docks with an additional 3-4 trains per day.

In response to the proposed terminals, Delta continues to emphasize the importance of fully evaluating potential community and environmental impacts, especially those related to noise and air quality modelling. As well, Delta is seeking a full analysis of the impacts of the additional train traffic on emergency response times to the Alaska Way and Gunderson Slough area of Delta.

Reports and Related Documents


For any questions related to Delta's involvement, please contact:
Mike Brotherston, Manager of Climate Action & Environment
t: 604-946-3281

For more information on the Fraser Surrey Docks Application, please contact:
t: 604-891-1695
mail: PO Box 2233 Vancouver Main, Vancouver, BC V6B 3W2

  • Your Government

    Check out rewarding employment opportunities with Delta. 

    Learn More

  • Subscribe to our Newsletter

    Click Here
  • Find a Program/Activity