BHP Billiton Canada Inc. | Potash Export Facility Project

October 12, 2017

Project status

Permit under preliminary review

BHP Billiton Canada Inc. (BHP) is proposing to develop a potash export facility at 11060 Elevator Road in Surrey, British Columbia on federal lands managed by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. As part of the Project and Environmental Review for the proposed Category D project, preliminary consultation with the public and stakeholder groups is required prior to submitting a formal permit application to the port authority.

About the project

The proposed potash export facility would have an annual capacity of 8 million metric tonnes (MMT) and would utilize an existing berth and portion of the container yard at Fraser Surrey Docks terminal to load potash to deep sea vessels on the Fraser River. The proposed project includes the construction of an above ground storage building, a travelling ship-loader, rail loop, rail unloading facility and transfer system and other associated terminal infrastructure. The facility would receive the potash product from BHP Billiton’s proposed Jansen Mine near Saskatoon via rail. The potash would be offloaded and transferred to the storage building using a covered conveyor system. Product would then be transferred from the storage building via covered conveyors to the ship loader and loaded on to vessels. The proposed project includes:

  • Demolition of existing structures
  • Site preparation (including removal of areas of existing asphalt)
  • Construction of:
    • Rail loop (comprising 3 tracks total: 1 dedicated track each for inbound and outbound trains and 1 track to handle both)
    • Rail unloading facility
    • Transfer system (conveyors)
    • Product Storage Building
    • Travelling shiploader and berth improvements
    • Substation and Utilities
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The preliminary 20-business day comment period for the proposed project took place from October 12 until November 8, 2017. The applicant conducted both online activities and held two information session during this public comment period. The information sessions were held in Surrey and in New Westminster on October 26 and October 28, 2017.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will consider all feedback gathered during preliminary consultation to determine final application submission requirements for the proposed project. Should the applicant submit a formal permit application to the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process, additional consultation with the public, stakeholders and Aboriginal groups will be required.

Resources

January 2018 – Preliminary Public Comment Period Input Consideration Report: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project [PDF]  
December 2017 – Preliminary Public Comment Period Consultation Summary Report: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project [PDF]  
December 2017 – Preliminary Public Comment Period Consultation Summary Report Appendices: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project [PDF]  
December 2017 – Preliminary Public Comment Period Consultation Summary Report: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project [PDF]  
October 2017 – Information Sheet: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project [PDF]  
October 2017 – Display Boards: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project [PDF]  


Contact information

To provide feedback about BHP’s proposed project, please go to their website, or contact BHP’s Project Team  by email or phone at 1.844.385.8581. For questions regarding the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process, please contact Jessica Mehigan, Senior Planner by email or phone at 604.665.9627.