Neptune Bulk Terminal Canada

From Global Energy Monitor

Neptune Bulk Terminal Canada is an export terminal in British Columbia, Canada. It is owned by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and operated by Neptune Bulk Terminals, a joint venture between Teck Resources and Canpotex.

The terminal has an annual coal capacity of 12.5 million tonnes.[1] Construction is underway on an expansion of the coal export facilities, known as the Allison Project.

Location

The terminal is located on Vancouver’s North Shore and is part of the Port of Vancouver. It sits on 71 acres of land on Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet between the First and Second Narrows bridges.

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Background

Construction of Neptune Terminals began in 1967, and one year later, the first ship ever to call at Neptune was loaded with Canadian potash bound for Japan. In May 1970, the first coal ship ever loaded at Neptune was loaded with cargo bound for Japan. The terminal has grown significantly over the years from 3.2 million tonnes of handling capacity in 1968 to 23.5 million tonnes today. That capacity is expected to grow to nearly 30 million tonnes.[2]

As of 2021, the port handles only two commodities: Canadian potash and coking (or steelmaking) coal.[3]

Terminal Expansion

Neptune planned to expand annual coal capacity of the facility from 12.5 to 18.5 million tonnes following a project permit issued by Port Metro Vancouver in January 2013.[1] An amended project permit was approved in May 2018 with updated design plans, allowing Neptune to begin construction shortly after.[4]

The expansion, known as the Allison project, consists of a new railcar dumper building and conveyor system, a new shiploader at Berth 1, and an additional rail alignment.[5]. Quoted in a North Shore News report, Claus Thornberg, then president of Neptune Terminals says the following of the $800 million upgrade project: “I wouldn’t say they’re building a completely new metallurgical coal system, but it’s not far from it. We’re upgrading most of the existing infrastructure – a major overhaul if you like – so that that we will be able to more than double the capacity for Teck at Neptune.”[6] The project is on track to be completed by August 31, 2021.[7]

Project Details

  • Owner: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Capacity (Million tonnes per annum): 12.5
  • Additional Proposed Capacity (mtpa): 6
  • Status: Operating
  • Start year: 1968
  • Type: Exports
  • Source of Coal: British Columbia and Alberta
  • Cost of expansion: $800 million
  • Financing for expansion:

Resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Neptune Coal Capacity - Allison Project Review" Vancouver Port Authority, accessed July 2021.
  2. "History of Terminal" About page on Neptune website, accessed July 2021.
  3. "Neptune Bulk Terminals," Neptune Bulk Terminals homepage, accessed July 2021.
  4. "Vancouver Port Authority Project and Environmental Review Report and Permit," Vancouver Port Authority, accessed July 2021.
  5. "Project: Neptune Terminal - Allison Project, Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Client: Hatch Mott MacDonald," MEG, accessed January 2018.
  6. Brent Richter, "North Vancouver's Neptune Terminal plans massive upgrade," North Shore News, February 28, 2020.
  7. "Construction Update - February 2021," Neptune Bulk Terminals News, accessed July 2021.

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