BHP Billiton Canada Inc. | Potash Export Facility Project

October 12, 2017

Project status

Permit under review

On 5 June, 2018, BHP Billiton Canada Inc. (BHP)  submitted a project permit application to develop a potash export facility at 11060 Elevator Road in Surrey, British Columbia on federal lands managed by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (PER No. 17-108).

Prior to submitting a formal project permit application to the port authority, the Applicant submitted a preliminary project proposal in November 2016. The draft proposal underwent a thorough Preliminary Review phase as part of the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process. As part of the preliminary process, the Applicant conducted preliminary consultation activities in late 2017 (see below for more information).

As part of the Application Review phase of the Project and Environmental Review process, consultation with stakeholder, public and Aboriginal groups is required. The port authority is conducting formal consultation activities with stakeholders as part of the permitting process. BHP is required to solicit public feedback on the proposed project, results of technical studies and proposed mitigation measures. The port authority has delegated the procedural aspects of Aboriginal consultation to BHP.

About the project

The proposed potash export facility would have an annual capacity of 8 million tonnes 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 and soil densification)
  • Construction of:
    • Rail loop (comprising three tracks total: one dedicated track each for inbound and outbound trains and one track to handle both)
    • Rail unloading facility
    • Transfer system (conveyors and four transfer towers)
    • Product storage building
    • Travelling ship-loader and berth improvements
    • Substations and utilities
    • Off-spec storage building
    • Extensions to port authority rail yard rail tracks (off-site works)

 

Public consultation

A 20-business day comment period for the proposed project took place from June 28, 2018 until July 27, 2018. The applicant conducted both online activities and hosted two open houses during this public comment period. The open houses were held in Surrey on Saturday, July 14, and in New Westminster on Monday, July 16, 2018.

A summary of consultation and how feedback will be considered in the Application Review Phase, is posted in the resources section below.

Preliminary Consultation

Prior to submitting a formal permit application to the port authority, the Applicant completed preliminary consultation activities from October 12 until November 8, 2017 to solicit early feedback on the proposed project. The summary of preliminary consultation and how feedback was considered, are posted below and on the Applicant’s website.

Resources

November 2018 – Application Review Public Comment Period Input Consideration Report: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project [PDF]
November 2018 – Application Review Public Comment Period Consultation Summary Report: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project [PDF]

July 2018 – BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Display Boards  [PDF]
July 2018 – BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Discussion Guide  [PDF]

June 2018 – Project Permit Application Form: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project
[PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Table Of Concordance [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Permit Application Report (Updated August 2018) [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Hazardous Materials Report Demo [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Geotech Report [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Energy Efficiency Study (Updated November 2018) [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Marine Traffic [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Ph I and II Environmental Site Assessment 1 of 2 (Updated November 2018) [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Ph I and II Environmental Site Assessment 2 of 2 (Updated November 2018) [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Lighting Impact Statement [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Noise Assessment 1 of 2 [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Noise Assessment 2 of 2 [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Noise Notional Internal Overpass-BKL Opinion [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Air Quality Assessment (Updated November 2018) [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project View Shade Impact Analysis (Updated August 2018) [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Air Quality Notional Internal Overpass-WSP Opinion [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Traffic Impact Analysis [PDF]
August 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Traffic Impact Analysis Memo (Timberland Road and Westran Intersection) [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Archaeological Potential – Preliminary Report (Received and under review)
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Archaeological Overview Assessment (Received and under review)
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Flood Protection Assessment [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Aquatics Resources Assessment Report (Updated August 2018) [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Terrestrial Resources Assessment Report (Updated August 2018) PDF] June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Summary Potential Effects Mitigations [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan – One of Two (Updated August 2018) [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan – Two of Two (Updated August 2018) [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Construction Environmental Management Plan [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Pre-loading memo [PDF]
July 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Rail Operations Plan [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Fire Safety [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Spill Prevention Emergency Response Plan [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Indigenous Engagement Summary (Received and under review)
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Drawings Pack 1 (Updated November 2018) [PDF]
June 2018 – Project Permit Application: BHP Billiton Potash Export Facility Project Drawings Pack 2 (Updated November 2018) PDF]

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.