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.
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 First Nations 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.
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.”
Tilbury LNG: creating jobs for local workers Watch 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.
Quick facts about Tilbury
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 in late 2016.
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.
Jobs and Procurement Opportunities
FortisBC wants to maximize the benefit of our projects in the community. Opportunities to create local jobs, First Nations opportunities and other local economic benefits always shape our approach to our projects.
If you’re interested in providing goods or services for any of our current projects, or for future opportunities, please complete the Contractors and Vendors form.
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, for the first time, 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 First Nations, 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