Canada’s FortisBC shrinks expansion plans for Tilbury LNG

Canadian utility FortisBC is scaling back expansion plans for its Tilbury LNG facility in British Columbia.

The second expansion phase will add a new tank and new liquefaction capacity.

FortisBC said it has filed a detailed project description for the Tilbury Phase 2 LNG expansion with the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) to complete the early engagement phase of the project.

Since launching the project in February 2020, FortisBC has collected input from Indigenous groups, stakeholders and the general public in order to produce a detailed project description.

FortisBC said it has refined the design of the project to “ensure the project is technically and economically feasible, while still meeting our goals of enhancing the resiliency of our gas system and offering customers LNG to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”

As a result of this work, the utility has reduced the proposed storage capacity by 12 percent to 142,400 cbm.

Also, the proposed liquefaction capacity will be lower by 28 percent to 2.5 million tonnes per year, it said.

The firm estimates that the project would cost C$3-$3.5 billion.

Launched in 1971 with one 28,000-cbm tank, the Tilbury LNG facility already received several upgrades involving storage but also liquefaction facilities.

FortisBC expanded the facility in 2018 with the addition of a new 46,000-cbm tank and 0.25 mtpa liquefaction capacity.

The utility has also last year awarded Australian engineering firm Clough to manage the design and construction of the Tilbury truck loading expansion project in the Vancouver suburb of Delta.

The project involves the construction of two new truck loading bays to double the facility’s capacity.

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