Dredging Data: Newbuild port projects in the Americas

Up north in Canada, Woodfibre LNG has made plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and export facility at a former pulp mill site, close to Squamish, British Columbia (BC). “Woodfibre LNG is licensed to export about 2.1 million tonnes of LNG per year for 40 years,” the company said in a project brief.

Commenting on the reasoning behind the location, the company said, “The Woodfibre site on the shores of Howe Sound was by far the best fit. The brownfield site was home to pulp mill operations for 100 years, is industrially zoned, and has a deepwater port on a waterway that has been used for commercial shipping for decades. The Woodfibre site also has access to electricity from BC Hydro and a FortisBC natural gas pipeline.”

Environmental approvals for the project from federal and provincial governments have been sorted for what Woodfibre envisions to be “three to four times per month, an LNG carrier will travel through well-established shipping lanes to the Woodfibre LNG terminal. Each carrier will travel at 8 to 10 knots in Howe Sound, be accompanied by at least three tugboats, at least one of which will be tethered to the carrier, and have two BC coast pilots on board, who are experts on BC’s coast.” Some contaminated sediment has already been removed.

Going forward, “the removal of thousands of creosote-coated piles, which can harm fish, from the foreshore of the site and the creation of a green zone around Mill Creek, which runs through the middle of the project site,” are planned.