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VOPAK PACIFIC CANADA

Ridley Island
Ridley Island / Bulk Terminal

Vopak is Vopak Development Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Vopak, is investigating the opportunity to construct, own and operate a new bulk liquids tank storage and marine berthing and loading facility on Ridley Island, within the lands and waters under the jurisdiction of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

The proposed terminal would store and ship liquid products such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) (i.e. propane), Clean Petroleum Products (CPP) (i.e. refined products such as diesel and/or gasoline), and methanol.  Vopak would build the project and manage the operations of the facility. All products would be transported from various locations across Western Canada to the terminal via the existing CN rail line.

The project is estimated to have a capital cost of $750-900 million.  Construction is estimated to require a workforce of approximately 300 people, and operations would require 40-50 full time employees.

Canada is a significant producer of products such as methanol, diesel, and propane, but is in need of enhanced access to the strong demand for those products in international markets.   Methanol, for example, is in high demand in China for use as a fuel additive and manufacturing input.  Diesel would reach markets in need of fuels for transportation (cars, boats and trucks).  Propane would be exported for use in Asia Pacific markets that use it for heating and other industrial applications.

Royal Dutch Vopak is a 400 year old company based in the Netherlands, and is the world’s leading independent tank storage provider and operates a global network of 66 terminals, including 4 on Canada’s east coast.  The terminal will be built and operated in accordance with industry standards, Canadian regulations, and international quality and safety standards to ensure the safety of employees, neighbours and surrounding communities.

Vopak Pacific Canada is well aligned with the Port’s development strategy.  The addition of liquid bulk cargoes diversifies and grows Prince Rupert’s cargo mix and the associated ‘gateway industry’ in Northern BC.  The proposed project makes use of existing infrastructure (including the Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor), and its open access nature maximizes the density and volume of cargo throughput over a minimal terminal footprint.

Project Timeline
Milestone Date
Environmental Assessment Commenced September 2018
Estimated construction start 2020
Estimated Operational in-service date 2022

Project Update

September 6, 2018

Vopak Pacific Canada begins environmental assessment process

The Vopak Pacific Canada Project is being reviewed under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012.  The Prince Rupert Port Authority and other federal authorities will be required to make a determination on the likelihood of adverse environmental effects resulting from the project.  The federal authorities and the BC Environmental Assessment Office have agreed to coordinate federal and provincial environmental assessments to the extent possible.

Vopak has submitted its Project Description and the draft Terms of Reference which describe the Vopak Pacific Canada Project, the studies to be conducted, and the detailed information to be provided by Vopak in the Environment Effects Evaluation. 

The Project Description and the draft Terms of Reference is available here. The documents can also be viewed at the Port Interpretive Centre.

A public comment period on the Project Description and draft Terms of Reference will be open from September 6, 2018 to October 8, 2018. The public is also invited to attend one of the following open houses:

September 25, 2018 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Port Edward Community Centre Port Edward BC

September 26, 2018 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM North Coast Convention Centre Prince Rupert BC