On March 20, 2019, the BC Environmental Assessment Office formally accepted the application from WesPac Midstream for an environmental assessment certificate for the proposal to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine jetty facility north of the existing FortisBC LNG plant at Tilbury Island in Delta. A new consultation period, which includes a 180-day application review process, is now underway. Public comments on the application will be accepted until May 17, 2019. Read the news release from WesPac Midstream for more information.
The marine jetty will require the removal of existing abandoned marine infrastructure, the construction of a new marine jetty (access trestle, loading platform and mooring dolphins), the construction of LNG infrastructure to receive processed LNG for transfer to marine vessels and safety and process control systems. The supply of LNG for Tilbury marine jetty will come via a pipeline from the existing adjacent FortisBC Tilbury LNG plant.
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WesPac Midstream is proposing to construct a marine jetty facility north of the existing FortisBC liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Tilbury Island in Delta, BC. The proposed marine jetty would provide for the berthing of marine barges and carriers and the transfer of LNG for delivery to local fuel markets and offshore export markets.
This proposal triggered both the BC Environmental Assessment Act (as the project involves dredging more than two hectares of submerged land) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (as the proposed new marine terminal is designed to handle ships larger than 25,000 Dead Weight Tonnes).
The province, through the BC Environmental Assessment Office, made the formal determination that the project is subject to an environmental assessment and subsequently made a request to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for substitution which was granted by the federal Minister of the Environment. A substitution agreement sets out additional federal requirements to be considered during the environmental assessment process.
For any questions on Delta's involvement, please contact:
Mike Brotherston, Manager of Climate Action & Environment