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.
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. The expansion project is now in service and producing LNG for our customers.
Why are we upgrading? This project will help meet the growing LNG demands of the transportation sector, remote communities and industry in BC. It will also allow us to supply LNG for shipments to customers in overseas markets.
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.
View archival photos of the Tilbury LNG facility.
LNG demo video
We’ve been working safely with LNG for more than 40 years. Learn more about what LNG is with this safety demonstration.
LNG marine bunkering
Learn how the Tilbury expansion is helping ships navigate the future by fuelling with LNG.
The future of Tilbury LNG
We’re talking to a number of potential customers who are interested in buying LNG from our Tilbury facility. In order for us to meet demand we will need to expand our facility. There is room on our site to grow, and we’re committed to talking to the community and gathering feedback about our plans.
230 kV transmission line
In addition to expanding our facility to fulfill this need, we'll also need to build new electrical transmission lines so we can continue powering Tilbury with hydroelectricity. 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 has filed an application for an environmental assessment certificate with the Environmental Assessment Office of BC for a marine jetty next to our Tilbury LNG storage facility that would allow us to supply LNG carriers for ship-to-ship LNG bunkering and for bulk delivery to overseas markets.
The project is now in an application review and public consultation phase. For more information about the project visit tilburypacific.ca.
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 Councillor, City of Delta
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
FortisBC secures first export contract for Tilbury LNG
FortisBC has entered into its first term supply agreement to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) for Top Speed Energy Corp. to export to China. This term supply agreement is an unprecedented development in Canada’s LNG export industry and was made possible by the completion of the Tilbury LNG expansion project earlier this year.
The two-year agreement will see 53,000 tonnes of LNG a year or about 60 ISO containers (standard-sized shipping containers) a week shipped from Tilbury to China by the summer of 2021. The volume of LNG to be exported is equivalent to the volume necessary to heat more than 30,000 average B.C. households for a year.
Routine maintenance for Tilbury legacy facility
Starting as early as Saturday, June 1 our original Tilbury LNG facility will undergo some planned maintenance.
To complete this work safely, we’ll temporarily shut down a boil-off gas compressor, a piece of equipment used to regulate pressure within the LNG storage tank, for the duration of the maintenance schedule.
We do not anticipate any off-site odour or noise as a result of this maintenance.
For more information about our work at the facility, please call our project line: 855-576-7133.
Tilbury Expansion now in service
The first phase of our Tilbury LNG Expansion Project is now in service and producing LNG for our customers. As part of the expansion, we’ve added a new storage tank and additional LNG production equipment to meet the growing demand for LNG within the transportation sector and industry in B.C. The Tilbury expansion is also supplying export shipments to China to help small-scale industrial customers switch to cleaner burning LNG from coal. Tilbury will also continue to store LNG, as it has since 1971, to ensure our B.C. customers have the energy they need during the winter when they are using more gas to heat their homes.
Environmental assessment filed for proposed Tilbury Pacific LNG project
WesPac Midstream-Vancouver LLC’s proposal to build the Tilbury Pacific LNG jetty on the Fraser River in Delta, B.C. next to our Tilbury LNG storage facility, reached a new milestone today with the filing of an application for an environmental assessment certificate with the Environmental Assessment Office of BC.
Tilbury Pacific would become a vital link in the West Coast LNG supply chain delivering low-emission fuel to a new generation of coastal and ocean-going shipping. It would also have the capability to supply bulk shipments of B.C.-produced LNG to customers across the Pacific.
The project is in the Application Review phase, which provides a forum for Indigenous communities, regulatory agencies, stakeholders and the general public to review and comment on the project. Visit TilburyPacific.ca to stay informed about upcoming public information sessions.
BC companies making waves with Canada’s first shipment of LNG to China
Early Thursday morning, after a journey of more than 9,000 kilometres, the first shipment of liquefied natural gas from Canada arrived in China.
A single ISO container of gas left FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG storage facility in mid-November. Days later, it set sail through Burrard Inlet on its journey to its final destination in China on Dec. 14. Although the shipment is small at about 17 tonnes or 950 gigajoules of gas, it’s a turning point for BC’s LNG industry. View the full blog story.
First shipment of LNG from Canada to China launches from BC
Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry recently reached a milestone with the departure of its first shipment to China in a pilot project to determine long-term feasibility. LNG was supplied by FortisBC’s Tilbury facility in Delta, logistics and equipment were provided by True North Energy Corporation and CIMC ENRIC Holdings Limited, and the cargo was shipped from Vancouver. Read the full news release.
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.
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.
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.
Delta Community Animal Shelter—a different kind of 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.
“We’re so much more than a safe, temporary home for animals,” says animal shelter manager Ryan Voutilainen. “We’ve become a community centre for people and their pets. Everyone who visits says this doesn’t feel like an animal shelter.”
Ryan says providing temporary homes for more than 800 animals a year, as well as their medical and emotional support, is a big part of what they do. As part of the shelter’s commitment to the community, it also began to offer a variety of programs to help ensure everyone has a great relationship with their pets. “We partner with professionals in our local pet community to offer fun, free educational classes and seminars,” he explains. “Plus, our annual Delta Community Animal Expo helps pet owners connect with vendors and animal organizations from across the Lower Mainland.”
Popular shelter programs include the Tales for Tails reading program, where children read to the shelter’s animals to better their lives. The shelter has also opened two fenced leash-optional yards with agility equipment for dogs, which are open to the public.
The most rewarding part about doing his job, Ryan adds, is having the opportunity to help change the lives of so many animals, such as Wanzi, a hairless Pomeranian who required extensive veterinary care. The shelter provided the care he needed and found him a loving foster home until he could be adopted. “Now, he’s thriving in his new home,” says Ryan. “And all his hair has grown back!” In 2018 they were able to find homes for 246 pets and are on track to beat that number this year.
One of the big reasons the shelter is able to do as much as it does, is because of the support of the Delta community. “We simply couldn’t help as many animals as we do without the support of our community minded volunteers,” says Ryan.
Visit the Delta Community Animal shelter at 7505 Hopcott Rd., Delta. Learn more about its programs and read profiles of some of the animals looking for forever homes.
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 Indigenous 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.
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 Indigenous tradespeople are benefiting from the expansion.
The expansion of our Tilbury LNG facility is creating jobs and economic benefits for local and Indigenous 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.