FortisBC’s expanded Tilbury LNG plant to start production by 2017

FortisBC's expanded Tilbury LNG plant to start production by 2017

The CA$400 million expansion of the Tilbury LNG project in Delta is expected to come online by late 2016 or early 2017.

However, a deal signed recently with Hawaiian Electric Company, for the supply of 800,000 metric tons of LNG per year from the FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG facility, starting in 2021 could be a trigger for further expansion.

According to data released on Monday, further expansion would include the construction of additional liquefaction equipment and a new LNG storage tank at the facility.

The current Tilbury facility can liquefy 5,000 gigajoules of natural 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 gigajoules of additional storage capacity.

The project, that will result in increased LNG supply to industrial users and remote communities has generated CA$60 million in local contractor spending, according to FortisBC.

“Aboriginal and local communities and trade workers have seen significant benefits from the expansion”, the company said.

More than 300 workers are currently employed on the construction project, including 60 apprentices, while 870 tradespeople are registered to work on the project, FortisBC added.

 

LNG World News Staff

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