Tilbury Phase 2 LNG expansion project

About this project

For nearly 50 years, the Tilbury LNG facility has been at the heart of B.C.’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 30BY30 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.

Ship owners are responding to new sulphur emission regulations from the International Maritime Organization by adopting LNG as a marine fuel. At the same time, there is growing interest from customers in Asia looking to buy LNG from Canada.

Our 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. We’re also proposing to add more LNG storage capacity to strengthen B.C.’s natural gas system.

The Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion Project will improve the resiliency of the system that supplies B.C. homes and businesses with natural gas and advance LNG as a marine fuel with the construction of:

  • an up to 162,000 cubic metre new tank that could triple the site’s current storage capacity, and store enough energy to keep a community of 70,000 warm for 45 very cold days
  • new liquefaction capacity of 3.5 million tonnes per year to produce LNG for marine fuelling or overseas export

Next steps

Tilbury rendering
Rendering of potential Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion Project

Impact Assessment/Environmental Assessment

We’ve submitted an Initial Project Description for the Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion Project to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office. FortisBC is committed to ongoing engagement throughout the project.

The Project is now in the Early Engagement phase, which gives the public, Indigenous Groups and stakeholders an opportunity to learn more and provide feedback to the regulatory agencies. This will include virtual open houses on:

June 18, 4 pm to 5:30 pm   
Review our presentation

June 23, 5:30 pm to 7 pm     
Review our presentation

For more information on the regulatory process please visit:

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Environmental Assessment Office of BC

Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
The Tilbury LNG Storage Expansion project is subject to regulation by the BC Utilities Commission. The project would 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 B.C. This will strengthen the overall resiliency of our natural gas system for all customers. 

If our application is approved by the BCUC, we’ll be one step closer to the construction of a new LNG storage tank. This would provide British Columbians with an additional, backup source of natural gas in the event of a supply disruption. We’re preparing to file an application with the BCUC later this year.

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 receive will form part of our application to the BCUC and part of our detailed project description we will file with the Impact Assessment Agency and Environmental Assessment Office later this year.

If approved, construction could start as early as 2022 and be complete by 2028.
 

Project highlights

Creating jobs and economic opportunities

In addition to jobs, training and contractor opportunities during planning and construction, about 110 new long-term jobs will be created once construction is complete.

Tilbury apprentice worker

About LNG

What is LNG?

Our LNG storage facilities are monitored 24/7 year-round by highly trained site personnel who 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.

LNG marine bunkering

Learn how the Tilbury expansion is helping ships navigate the future by fuelling with LNG.

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.

Read MoreLess

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.

Read MoreLess

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.

Read MoreLess

Regulatory process

We’ve submitted an Initial Project Description for the Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion Project to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office. FortisBC is committed to ongoing engagement throughout the project.

The project is now in the early engagement phase, which gives the public, Indigenous groups and stakeholders an opportunity to learn more and provide feedback. This will include in-person engagement activities such as a public open house. For more information on the regulatory process please visit:

Canada Impact Assessment

B.C. Environmental Assessment

Upcoming virtual open houses

June 18, 4 pm to 5:30 pm 
Review our presentation   

June 23, 5:30 pm to 7 pm  
Review our presentation

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 communities 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.

Why are you expanding the Tilbury LNG facility?

FortisBC is already producing LNG for marine customers and for customers overseas. This expansion will allow us to produce more LNG to meet increasing demand and to support our 30BY30 target. By expanding Tilbury’s capacity, we can advance LNG as a lower-carbon alternative fuel to diesel or bunker oil for marine shipping.

•    Our facility is powered by renewable hydroelectricity, which means our LNG has among the lowest carbon intensity in the world on a lifecycle basis. 
•    LNG as a marine fuel can lower ship exhaust emissions of: Sulphur oxides (SOx) to almost zero, nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 95%, particulate matter (PM) by up to 99% depending on the engine used. It can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 21%.
•    Chinese industrial customers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30-50% if they switch from domestic sources of energy such as coal to LNG from Tilbury, according to an analysis commissioned by FortisBC.

 

Will the Project provide local jobs and other economic benefits?

The Tilbury Expansion project will create employment and contracting opportunities during planning and construction, and approximately 110 long-term jobs once construction is complete. We are committed to creating jobs for local workers through education and training programs, as well as direct and indirect opportunities.

The project’s economic benefits will be distributed not only in the LNG industry, but also to the industries that support it, including everything from manufacturing to engineering to professional services. Economic benefits will go beyond the Lower Mainland to the energy heartland in northeastern BC where gas is produced.

When will the Project be in service?

Phase 1: The Tilbury liquefaction expansion, phase one, is scheduled to be in service by 2023.

Phase 2: The new Tilbury LNG storage tank is scheduled to be in service by 2025. The phase two liquefaction equipment expansion is scheduled to be in service by 2028.

What environmental benefits will the Project provide?

LNG is a clean burning fossil fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by replacing less efficient, less clean fuels such as diesel, coal and oil. LNG-powered ships can reduce GHG emissions by up to 21%. They can also reduce air pollution including nitrogen oxides by up to 95%, particulate matter by up to 99% and sulphur oxides to almost zero, compared to other marine fuels.

Who do we contact if we have more questions about the Project?

Please call us at 1-855-576-7133 or email tilbury.info@fortisbc.com.

What is LNG and is it safe?

Liquefied natural gas is made from the same natural gas we use in our homes every day. To make it easier to transport by truck or ship, it is cooled to a liquid form. Within its double-walled insulated storage tank, LNG is maintained in liquid form, without air, and will not burn.

FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG facility has been operating safely since 1971.

What happens if there is a leak?

LNG is made from the same natural gas we use in our homes and businesses every day. LNG is stored and transported at low pressure in double-walled tanks designed to keep it cold. The tanks are vapour tight, so air cannot get in and LNG cannot leak out. When stored in its double-walled tank, LNG cannot burn because there is no oxygen to react with.

In the unlikely event of a leak, LNG will warm up, rise and dissipate. If spilled, it will quickly warm up and revert to a gaseous state. LNG is flammable only in a narrow range (if the gas to air ratio is between five and 15 per cent). When ignited, LNG burns slowly with a lazy flame.

What safety measures will be in place?

The Tilbury LNG facility already has procedures and safety measures in place to prevent and manage emergencies. This includes complete on-site fire control and response systems independent of the fire department. The facility is also monitored 24/7 year-round by highly-trained site personnel who have been producing LNG for decades.

We also do regular emergency exercises with first responders to coordinate our response in the unlikely event of an emergency.

Could LNG have an impact on water or soil?

LNG is colourless, odourless, non-toxic and non-corrosive. In the unlikely event of a spill, LNG would warm up quickly, turn back into a gas and rise, leaving no residue. If spilled on water, it won’t mix. It remains on the surface and vaporizes quickly.

Will this project be regulated by the BC Utilities Commission? What will the rate impact be?

The Tilbury LNG Storage Expansion project is subject to regulation by the BC Utilities Commission. The project would 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 This will strengthen the overall resiliency of our natural gas system for all customers.

At this early stage of the project, we are still determining the costs. These costs and any potential rate changes will be included as part of our application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission, expected to be submitted in 2020.