Tilbury LNG expansion project
About this project
We’re proud to be operating the first ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in British Columbia.
Our Tilbury LNG facility is powered by electricity, creating safe, clean, low-greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting LNG since 1971. Where is the LNG from Tilbury used? Right here in Canada.
Providing LNG as a transportation fuel since 2009.
Vedder Transport Ltd. and Smithrite Disposal have switched some of their vehicles to natural gas and plan for more.
Providing LNG as a fuel for use in remote communities since 1997.
To continue supporting the evolving needs of our customers, on October 21, 2014, we started construction of a $400-million expansion project at Tilbury. This includes building a new storage tank and additional liquefaction equipment.
Why are we upgrading? This additional equipment will help meet the growing LNG demands of the transportation sector, remote communities and industry in BC. We anticipate this equipment will be fully operational by mid 2017
Our current facility can liquefy 5,000 gigajoules (GJ) of gas per day, and has a storage capacity of 600,000 GJ. The expanded facility will be able to liquefy an additional 34,000 GJ of natural gas per day and will add 1.1 million GJ of additional storage capacity.
Natural gas: energy solutions for BC
Learn how the Tilbury LNG facility expansion will support BC jobs and a cleaner transportation industry in this video - one in a five part series "Natural gas. Good for BC."
Creating jobs for local workers
Watch former Premier Christy Clark, Delta Mayor Lois Jackson and local contractors talk about the employment and economic benefits the Tilbury LNG facility expansion is bringing to local communities.
The future of Tilbury LNG
We are in discussion with a number of potential customers who are interested in LNG from our Tilbury site, and are continuing to develop the domestic transportation market
If we bring on new LNG customers, our Tilbury operations will need to increase to meet the demand, and we'll be looking to expand our facility.
In addition to upgrading our facility to fulfill this need, we'll also need to build new electrical power lines so we can continue powering Tilbury with clean electricity. We’ve started very early discussions with elected representatives, city officials, local landowners and community groups about constructing a new 230 kV power line connecting Tilbury to BC Hydro’s Arnott substation in Delta.
WesPac Midstream LLC is currently in an Environmental Assessment process managed by the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) for a proposed jetty that will allow LNG from Tilbury to be delivered via carriers. This would mean that Tilbury could help the marine industry and local fleets get off bunkering fuel and switch to LNG. It would also allow shipment of LNG to other countries via LNG carrier.
We're in the early stages of planning and consultation. The WesPac jetty will need approval and construction, and we’d need confirmed customers. But first, FortisBC will be engaging with aboriginal groups, communities and stakeholders. One of the key components of our planning process is sitting down with our neighbours in Delta and other stakeholders to share information about what the future could look like and gather feedback.
The expansion of the Tilbury LNG facility will bring skilled jobs to our community, providing further opportunities for growth amongst our local trades and technical sector.Lois E. Jackson Mayor of Corporation of Delta, BC
Even though Chemposite has operations globally, the FortisBC Tilbury LNG project allows us to work in our own backyards.Chemposite’s headquarters are in Delta, so it is wonderful to see the innovation and economic uplift locally resulting from the project. Around 25 people were directly involved in the engineering, drafting, production, QA/QC and project management of the fibreglass equipment supplied to the Tilbury LNG project.Irina Balzankina Sales Marketing Executive, Chemposite
Statement on incident at Tilbury expansion
At 10:25 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, FortisBC was notified of an incident at the site of our Tilbury plant expansion in Delta. The plant is currently undergoing commissioning. FortisBC responded, along with local fire and police departments.
Contractors conducting the commissioning reported a brief ignition from a refrigerant line, which was extinguished shortly thereafter. Fire detection and suppression equipment on site was activated and functioned as designed, containing the incident. Emergency response procedures were also activated and worked as planned.
One member of the contractor team on site was treated for injuries and released.
Safety is a priority for FortisBC. It’s important to remember that this incident was limited to the refrigerant portion of the plant and did not pose a danger to anyone outside the plant. FortisBC looks forward to conducting this investigation with its contractor to ensure we understand the cause.
Existing operations at the original Tilbury plant, which has been in operation since 1971, were not impacted.
Updated local economic and employment benefits
As it approaches completion, the Tilbury LNG expansion project has provided a wide range of direct economic and employment benefits for the people of Delta and neighbouring communities. View an update on how the project is creating jobs and economic opportunities for BC.
Expansion of Tilbury LNG plant nearing completion
The Tilbury LNG expansion project is about 85 per cent complete with the target to be operating by the summer.
LNG Tank - ready for hydrostatic testing
FortisBC carries out a hydrostatic test of the new LNG storage tank, which involves filling the tank to 70% capacity with water, a heavier and denser substance than LNG. The tank is then inspected for integrity and settlement. This test is conducted to meet requirements of the construction quality assurance program for the project.
The test water, sourced from the Corporation of Delta’s potable water system, is drained into temporary onsite holding tanks before a gradual release into the sanitary sewer system.
Power line upgrade
The upgrade includes reinforcement of BC Hydro's transmission line and the addition of a 13.8kV step-down transformer substation to our site. These provide the power we require for the electric drive of the refrigeration compressor, other auxiliary electrical equipment and lighting of the facility.
Tilbury LNG expansion creating jobs and benefiting local communities
The Tilbury expansion project will result in more than $60 million in committed local spending and significant employment benefits across the region.
Read the news release.
Cold Box delivery at site
LNG is made by a refrigeration system made up of an electric driven compressor and air coolers that circulate refrigerant into a heat exchanger, to remove heat from the natural gas steam. The cold box containing the heat exchanger, filled with insulation, is where natural gas is chilled to its liquid form.
LNG tank - roof air raise
Upon completion of the concrete/metal outer shell wall, the metal roof of the outer shell was raised by air pressure.
Start of processing area system installation
Work begins on the processing area structures and laying out the foundations of the processing area, followed by equipment deliveries and pipe racks installation. The processing area is where equipment and interconnecting piping for final cleaning and refrigeration of natural gas are installed.
Ground reinforcement of processing area
Pre-construction preparation work takes place for the LNG processing area, which includes placing approximately 3500 stone columns under the LNG processing facility.
Start of LNG tank construction
Following the official start of construction, contractors are mobilized onsite and begin to set up construction offices and trailers, and to begin installation of the LNG tank foundation.
Construction begins on $400-million expansion project at Tilbury
FortisBC marks the official start of construction with a ground-breaking ceremony. Pictured at the event, from left to right: Michael Mulcahy, President & CEO, FortisBC; Barry V. Perry, President, Fortis Inc.; Christy Clark, former Premier of British Columbia and John Walker, Executive Vice President, Western Canadian Operations, Fortis Inc.
Bechtel selected as contractor for $400-million Tilbury expansion project
Bechtel is selected as contractor following a competitive procurement process, bringing global experience in the development of LNG facilities to the project.
Read the news release.
Ground reinforcement of tank area
From January to June, pre-construction preparation work takes place for the tank foundation, which includes placing approximately 900 stone columns under the LNG tank.
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How does it benefit local communities
Keeping rates stable for BC customers
FortisBC buys natural gas when the price is lower and stores it as LNG at Tilbury. When the temperature gets colder, and demand for natural gas is higher, we convert our stored LNG back to natural gas, saving our customers money.
Helping reduce environmental impacts in remote communities
We're helping aboriginal and remote communities like Inuvik reduce their environmental footprint by using LNG to shift from diesel and oil-based energy.
Reducing carbon emissions
There is a growing demand to use LNG as a transportation fuel because of lower GHGs and reduced environmental risks compared to heavy fuel oil and diesel, typically used for marine vessels.
Creating jobs for the community
Our Tilbury LNG facility provides significant employment benefits. We are committed to creating jobs for local workers through education and training programs, as well as direct and indirect opportunities.
How the Tilbury LNG Expansion project is creating jobs and economic opportunities for BC
More than $60 million in committed local spending and significant employment benefits across the region.
Opportunities and benefits for BC
The expansion of our Tilbury LNG facility in Delta is providing significant economic and employment benefits for the people of Delta, neighbouring communities and First Nations.
Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director, BC Building Trades , speak about how the Tilbury LNG expansion project employs a high number of skilled trades workers.
FortisBC is proud to work with the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) Construction / Matcon Civil Joint Venture, which provides civil construction site services for our Tilbury liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility expansion in Delta. In this video, Chris Hartman, CEO of Tsawwassen First Nation Economic Development Corporation, talks about how local and Aboriginal tradespeople are benefiting from the expansion.
The expansion of our Tilbury LNG facility is creating jobs and economic benefits for local and Aboriginal tradespeople, with 1,700 tradespeople registered for work on the expansion project.
We're also supporting First Nations training and employment opportunities through:
- 25 work experience/employment training programs provided by TMJV, FortisBC's civil engineering contractor (majority owned by the Tsawwassen First Nation)
- 48 Tsawwassen First Nation students have participated in training programs
Apprenticeship program provides economic and employment opportunities
When Tsawwassen resident Clyde Adams was preparing to return to the Lower Mainland, he contacted the Tsawwassen First Nations Human Resources department to inquire about employment opportunities. Adams knew they could help him connect with companies that reach out to First Nations communities when they’re looking for workers. They suggested he contact Bantrel, the contractor responsible for FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG Expansion project. Read his story.
When I grow up, I want to be a scaffolder
Samantha Ethier never saw herself in the role, but she’s an apprentice scaffolder on the Tilbury LNG Expansion Project, and loving it. She’s always been athletic and willing to try new sports, so when her brother-in-law suggested she try scaffolding as a profession (he was a foreman with a scaffolding company) she accepted the challenge. Read her story.
Investing in our local communities
We believe in supporting organizations that help build safe and caring communities within our service areas.
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.
The Delta Community Animal Shelter, located across the street from our Tilbury LNG facility, is currently home to more than 60 rescued animals; staff and volunteers are providing a safe temporary refuge and medical and emotional support.
In December, Jo and Danielle visited the shelter with a box of treats for the animals and contributed to their awesome program Tales for Tails, where kids can drop into the shelter and read with the animals - including permanent resident Simba, who has a rare neurological condition affecting his balance. The program is teaching kids about caring and compassion, helping to build inclusive and supportive communities, something that we foster here at FortisBC.
Sarah Jones, Shelter Manager said “Thank YOU so much, it really means a lot to us to have FortisBC’s support. Knowing that you care about the community as much as we do makes for such a great partnership!
Find out how you can adopt a pet or donate to the shelter.