Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion project

About this project

For more than 50 years, the Tilbury liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility has been at the heart of BC’s energy system, providing natural gas on the coldest days of the year. Now we’re planning to expand our facility to meet increasing demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the future and help us reach our target to reduce our customers’ greenhouse gas emissions 30 per cent by 2030.

LNG is natural gas that has been cooled to -162C, becoming a clear, non-toxic and non-flammable liquid. We use LNG to supplement the Lower Mainland gas supply when you need it most – on days of high demand like when the temperature drops.

The Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion project will improve the resiliency of the gas system – ensuring we have the natural gas supply our customers need in the event of an emergency. It will also help us advance LNG as a marine fuel or meet demand from overseas customers. The project will include the construction of:

  • a new storage tank that can hold up to 142,400 cubic metres of LNG, which would increase Tilbury’s current storage capacity approximately 2.5 times
  • a new liquefaction unit with capacity of up to 2.5 million tonnes per year to produce LNG for marine fuelling or overseas export

Ship owners are responding to new sulphur emission regulations from the International Maritime Organization by adopting LNG as a marine fuel. Traditionally, about 86 per cent of ocean-going ships have used heavy fuel oils to power their engines, but these oils can be harmful to the environment. As of 2021, up to 30 per cent of new ships on order will feature LNG-ready engines. At the same time, there is growing interest from overseas customers looking to buy LNG from Canada that can be used to replace fuels like diesel and coal, helping lower their carbon footprint.

Our Tilbury LNG facility is ideally positioned to meet these opportunities and we’re aiming to elevate Tilbury’s role in the global transition to lower carbon energy. Tilbury is powered by renewable hydroelectricity, which means it can produce LNG that is nearly 30 per cent less carbon intensive than the average global LNG.

Next steps

Tilbury Phase 2 aerial
Rendering of potential Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion project
 

Detailed project description/Environmental Assessment

Following a period of extended early engagement, we’re entering a new phase of the environmental assessment process. Virtual information sessions will be hosted on March 3 and 9, 2022 by the BC Environmental Assessment Office

The detailed project description has been filed with the BC Environmental Assessment Office and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada.

We collected input from Indigenous groups, stakeholders and the general public to produce the detailed project description, which outlines the project and its potential impacts.

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Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

The Tilbury LNG Storage Expansion project is subject to regulation by the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC).  In December 2020, we filed our project application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the BCUC. The project will include the construction of the new LNG storage tank and equipment to increase our capacity to flow gas from the Tilbury LNG facility back into our system that serves BC.

We’ve been engaging local governments, Indigenous groups, landowners, and area residents to share details on the project and obtain feedback. Anyone interested in getting involved with the process can visit the BCUC website.

We’re pleased to be one step closer to ensuring we have an additional backup source of natural gas in the event of a gas supply disruption. If approved, construction of the Tilbury LNG Storage Expansion project could start in 2023 and be completed by 2026.

 

Community and Indigenous engagement

FortisBC is committed to continuing engagement with the local community, including opportunities for dialogue throughout these regulatory processes. The feedback we received helped make up the application we filed with the BCUC, as well as the detailed project description we submitted to the BC Environmental Assessment Office and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada.

If approved, construction of the Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion project could start as early as 2023 and be completed as early as 2028.

Project highlights

Creating jobs and economic opportunities

Employment, training and contractor opportunities will be available throughout project planning and construction, and approximately another 110 new long-term jobs will be created once construction is complete. Job postings will be added to our career postings when they are available. You can also apply to become a supplier or vendor for the project.

We are working closely with local businesses like Ideal Welders to create local jobs and put money back into the BC economy. Learn about the work we’re doing with Ideal Welders.

Tilbury apprentice worker

About LNG

What is LNG?

Our LNG storage facilities are monitored 24/7 year-round by highly trained site personnel, many of whom have been producing LNG for decades.  Within its double-walled insulated storage tank, LNG is maintained in liquid form, without air, and will not burn.

Tilbury marine LNG: reducing emissions, expanding opportunities

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) from our Tilbury facility is helping marine industry partners reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 27%. Through industry-leading initiatives, and continued investment in our LNG infrastructure, our vision of Vancouver as a global LNG marine hub is becoming a reality.

Tilbury Phase 2 EA comment period begins

The Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion project has entered a 45-day public comment period led by the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO). During this time, the public is invited to learn more about the project and participate in virtual information sessions on March 3 and March 9, 2022. For details on how to participate in the environmental assessment process, visit the BC EAO website

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Project Achieves Two Regulatory Milestones

This week our Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion project took another significant step forward with two regulatory approvals. Both the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) and Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) have accepted our detailed project description. IAAC also accepted our response to the Joint Summary of Issues and Engagement submitted on January 4, 2022. 

Our proposed project moves onto the following:

  1. BC EAO: Our application has moved to the Process Planning phase of the environmental assessment (EA). Working in collaboration with participating Indigenous groups, this phase formalizes how the project EA will be carried out, including the information to be gathered, who must be involved in the EA, and the timing of each of the subsequent phases of the EA.
  2. IAAC: IAAC has requested an impact assessment for our project, which is currently in the Planning Stage. The assessment will include the best ways to avoid or reduce the project’s negative impacts, while also enhancing the positive impacts of the project. The timeline for the impact assessment has resumed. The federal minister of environment and climate change has approved the province’s request for substitution of the impact assessment. This means the BC EAO will lead the assessment on behalf of IAAC.

FortisBC is committed to continuing engagement with the local community, including opportunities for dialogue throughout these regulatory processes. The feedback we have received to date has helped us develop our applications and filings. 
 

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Detailed project description filed with BC EAO

Following a period of extended early engagement, the proposed Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion is entering a new phase of the environmental assessment process. The detailed project description has been filed with the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) to complete the early engagement phase of the project. It will also be filed with the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada.

Input from Indigenous groups, stakeholders and the general public was incorporated into the detailed project description that outlines the project and its potential impacts. Click here to read more about the early engagement process and how we incorporated feedback into the detailed project description.

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Project application filed for Tilbury Storage Expansion

Today marks a major step forward as we file our project application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC). The Tilbury Storage Expansion project would strengthen the resiliency of our natural gas system so that we can help ensure our customers have the energy they need in their homes and businesses.

The project would include the construction of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tank and equipment to increase our capacity to flow gas back into our gas system. If approved, construction could start in 2022 and be completed by 2026.

Visit BCUC’s web site to learn more how you can get involved in the BCUC’s regulatory process.

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Tilbury Phase 2 public comment period begins

The environmental assessment of the Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion Project resumes June 1 with a 45-day public comment period led by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and BC Environmental Assessment Office. During this time, the public is invited to learn more about the project and participate in virtual open houses on June 18 and June 23. Full details on how to participate online or by phone will be shared soon. For more details on the regulatory process, and to provide input on the project, visit either the EAO or IAAC websites.

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Engagement timelines for Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion project extended

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, FortisBC has requested and received approval from the Environmental Assessment Office to extend Early Engagement on the Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion Project from 90 days to 120 days. At the same time, FortisBC has requested and received approval from the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada to suspend the 180-day time limit of the Planning Phase for 30 days. This will allow additional time to ensure meaningful engagement with the public, stakeholders and Indigenous groups.

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Early engagement begins on Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion Project

FortisBC Holdings Inc. (“FortisBC”) has filed an initial project description with regulators to begin the federal impact assessment and provincial environmental assessment processes for the Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion Project (the “Project”). 

If approved, the Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion Project may involve:

  • Constructing a new tank that could triple the site’s storage capacity and strengthen the resiliency of our gas system
  • Constructing additional liquefaction equipment to produce LNG for marine bunkering or bulk export by ship
  • If approved, construction could start as early as 2022 and be complete by 2028.

FortisBC is committed to continuing engagement with Indigenous groups and the local community on the Project. As part of early engagement with the public, Indigenous Groups and other stakeholders, FortisBC will be participating in an EAO-led open house scheduled for this spring in Delta. Learn more about the Project.

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Regulatory process

On February 24, 2022, the Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion project entered a 45-day public comment period led by the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO). During this time, the public is invited to learn more about the project and participate in virtual information sessions on March 3 and March 9, 2022. For details on how to participate, visit the BC EAO website.

To date, our project has progressed through the following regulatory milestones: 

 

Indigenous engagement

We’re committed to ongoing engagement with Indigenous groups so we can better understand the interests, concerns and vision of their respective communities. As the project develops, we will be working with Indigenous groups on securing opportunities for procurement, training and employment as well as oversight of construction and operation.

How we partner with local communities

FortisBC supports the communities where we live and work. A big part of that is providing support for local organizations and the great work they do in the community. Here are some of the organizations in the City of Delta we’ve supported recently.

Delta Community Animal Shelter

FortisBC supports Delta Community Animal Shelter

Free seminars for animal lovers, children calmly reading books to purring cats, dogs frolicking in an off-leash fenced yard…no, this isn’t a spa for pets. This is the Delta Community Animal Shelter, and it’s changing perceptions of what an animal shelter can be.

OWL (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Centre

OWL (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Centre

Of the 650 to 700 birds of prey that come through its door every year, OWL is able to successfully rehabilitate and release more than 50 per cent back into the wild. Others may be kept at the centre permanently to help with public outreach and education programs in schools, such as long time OWL resident Sonsie, a male bald eagle who is an “education ambassador” for the OWL Rehabilitation Centre.

Reach Child and Youth Development Society

In 2016, FortisBC presented the Reach Child and Youth Development Society  with $10,000 for their Building for Children Together project. This venture will see that a new child development centre is built to ensure children with special needs have a safe and accessible location for support.

In 2016, a donation was presented to the Rotary Club of Ladner, and will go towards a brand new water park located in Memorial Park. The upgrade is critical for this park due to safety issues, including an old concrete floor surface.

The water park is directly across from the new Reach Child Development Centre, and the families it supports will be frequent users of the park.

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The Tilbury Phase 2 Expansion project regulatory filings with BC Utilities Commission, BC Environmental Assessment Office, and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada are available below.

Regulatory resources 

Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion project

Tilbury Storage Expansion project