On August 24 2012, Port Metro Vancouver approved a Project Permit application (2012-041) submitted by Neptune Terminals to build new phosphate rock storage and handling facilities. The application is currently under review.
About the project
The project will create phosphate rock handling capacity of 1 million metric tones per year.
Under the permit, construction must begin by August 31, 2013 and be completed by August 31, 2014. Additional stipulations to the permit can be viewed in the document, linked below.
The project consists of the replacement and upgrade of terminal infrastructure enabling the storage of imported phosphate rock (used to produce fertilizer). The product was handled by the terminal for approximately 40 years, as recently as 2003.
Construction works include a new storage facility for phosphate rock to replace the original silos that were built when Neptune Terminals opened. The phosphate rock storage facility is designed with a similar A-frame shape and height as Neptune Terminals’ adjacent potash storage building. The storage building will extend north toward Low Level Road and will measure approximately 33 metres in height.
Project plans also include the installation and use of new equipment to transfer phosphate rock from ships to the storage facility and then onto trains, including conveyors and a railcar loading station. Neptune Terminals will also undertaken a redesign of rail works (within the terminal footprint) to accommodate trains transporting the phosphate rock.
For questions regarding the Port’s Project Permit proces, or to make a comment about the proposal, please contact: Tim Blair, Planner, Port Metro Vancouver by email or phone at 604.665.9378.
To learn more about Neptune Terminals upgrade, please contact: Tony Nardi, Neptune Terminals by email or phone at 604.983.4407.