FortisBC selects contractor for $400 million Tilbury LNG Facility Expansion Project
FortisBC Energy Inc. (“FortisBC”) announced today that it has selected Bechtel Canada Co. (“Bechtel”) as the contractor for its Tilbury LNG Facility Expansion Project in Delta, B.C. (the “Project”), the Company said in a press release.
The selection of Bechtel took place after a competitive procurement process. Bechtel brings global experience in the development of LNG facilities to the Project. Project construction is expected to employ 150 skilled workers over two years and provide an estimated $4 million per year in taxes to various levels of government over time.
To meet increased market demand for LNG, FortisBC is currently undertaking a $400-million expansion of its Tilbury LNG facility, in operation since 1971, which will add approximately 1.1 million gigajoules of LNG storage as well as approximately 34,000 gigajoules of liquefaction capacity per day.
As the operator of the only two LNG facilities on the west coast – the Mt. Hayes facility near Ladysmith since 2011 and the Tilbury Island LNG facility in Delta since 1971 – this expansion will better equip FortisBC to meet the growing LNG demands of B.C.’s transportation sector, remote communities, industrial customers and the marketplace.
Project construction is scheduled to begin in September, 2014 and is estimated to be completed in 2016.
FortisBC Energy Inc. is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy, including natural gas and propane. FortisBC Energy Inc. employs almost 1,800 British Columbians and serves approximately 945,000 customers in 125 B.C. communities. FortisBC Energy Inc. is indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC Energy Inc. owns and operates approximately 46,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines.