Fraser Grain Terminal Ltd. | Grain Export Facility Project

October 28, 2016

Project status

Permit amendment – under review

In February 2020, Fraser Grain Terminal Ltd (the Applicant), submitted an amendment to a project permit to the construction hours in respect to condition 36 of the approved Fraser Grain Terminal – Grain Export Facility.

As part of the Project and Environmental Review for the proposed project under the Impact Assessment Act, the proposed project is posted on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry here with an opportunity for public comment between February 14, 2020 to March 14, 2020.

About the proposed works:

Fraser Grain Terminal Ltd. (the Permit Holder) proposes to carry out physical activities related to the installation of the shiploader for the construction of the Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility continuously (24 hours, 7 days a week) for approximately 30 consecutive days in the period from June 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020. The Permit Holder also proposes to carry out physical activities related to electrical works for the construction of the facility between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sundays from March 22, 2020 to September 21, 2020. These works would require an amendment to condition 36 of the approved Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility project permit (PER No. 15-041-3), which states:

  1. All general construction and physical activities related to the Project shall be conducted from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 7:00 am and 8:00 pm. No construction and physical activities shall take place on Sundays or holidays. These hours shall not be modified without prior approval of VFPA. To request permission to conduct activities outside these hours, the Permit Holder must submit a written request no less than 20 days prior to the desired start date.

The scope of the amendment related to the installation of the shiploader is being requested to help minimize the impact to operations for the current tenant, Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD), and to minimize the vessel docking and anchorage times at the FSD berths. The project components associated with this request include the unloading and installation of the new Fraser Grain Terminal shiploader at FSD berths #3 and 4. Works also include the installation and completion of mechanical and electrical connections between the shiploader components.

The scope of the amendment related to the electrical works is being requested further to an earlier approval in August 2019, which allowed specific electrical works to be carried out between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM on Sundays from August 18, 2019 to February 29, 2020. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority understands that this was to allow electrical contractors to work with no other activities ongoing at the site, to improve safety and efficiency. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority understands that the current request is to maintain the construction schedule for the electrical works. The project components associated with this request include the installation of cable trays and cable at grade level, and the installation of wiring and equipment in electrical rooms and buildings.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority understands that the works described above are not anticipated to generate significant noise.

Contact information

To learn more about Fraser Grain Terminal’s project and construction activities, please visit frasergrainterminal.ca, or contact the Fraser Grain Terminal project team by email or phone at 1.866.302.8872. 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.

Permit issued

On December 24, 2019, a minor amendment, PER No. 15-041-3, was approved by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. They amendment adds the construction of an extension to an existing drainage ditch along the south side of Robson Road to the scope of the Project.

On July 15, 2019, a minor amendment, PER No. 15-041-2, was approved by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. The amendment saw the permit holder details change to reflect the legal name change of the permit holder. The permit holder is now listed as Fraser Grain Terminal Ltd.

On May 15, 2019, a minor amendment, PER No. 15-041-1, was approved by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. The amendment adds the construction of a vehicular access road to the scope of the Project.

On November 9, 2018 a project permit was approved for Fraser Grain Terminal Ltd. to build a grain export facility at 11041 Elevator Road in Surrey, British Columbia on federal lands managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The Project was approved subject to 64 permit conditions that the permit holder must meet to ensure that the Project is constructed safely, will not likely cause significant adverse environmental effects, and considers the interests of local communities.

Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2018 and is scheduled to take approximately 24 months to complete. For more information about the Project and construction activities, please visit the applicants website.

About the project

The Applicant proposes to construct a grain export facility to ship up to 4 million metric tonnes (MMT) per annum of bulk grain products including wheat, barley, oil seeds, pulses and other specialty grains on the Fraser River via an existing berth at Fraser Surrey Docks. The proposed Project would add 3.5MMT per annum of grain capacity, with the remaining 0.5 MMT/A coming from the existing Joint Venture grain facility at FSD. The proposed Project includes the construction of 25 above ground steel storage silos, three fixed stationary shiploaders, a semi-loop rail track, container loading facility and storage yard, rail and truck loading facility and other associated terminal infrastructure.

The terminal would receive grain by rail which would then be transferred to storage silos, or directly loaded onto ocean-going vessels at Fraser Surrey Docks should a vessel be waiting at the dock. From the storage silos, most of the grain would be loaded onto vessels, and any remaining product transferred into containers, rail cars or trucks. Containers for export would be trucked to other container terminals, such as Deltaport and Centerm. A small amount of agri-product would be distributed to customers in the Fraser Valley via rail and trucking.

Project activities and components include:

  • Rail Unloading station;
  • Transfer system comprising one transfer tower and fully enclosed above-ground conveying equipment with built-in dust suppression system;
  • 25 above-ground steel storage bins (20 x 3,500 tonnes, 4 x 400 tonnes, and 1 x 710 tonnes);
  • Three fixed shiploaders, replacing existing shiploader fitted with older technology;
  • Semi-loop rail track;
  • Extensions to three existing Port Authority Rail Yard (PARY) rail tracks (Off-site works);
  • Container loading facility and storage yards;
  • Rail and truck loading facility;
  • An administration building, maintenance shop and electrical rooms; and
  • Vehicular access road.

Resources

January 2020 – Amendment Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project – Extended hours authorization letter [PDF]
December 2019 – Amendment Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project – updated project description [PDF]
October 2019 – Activity-specific stop work order: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
(Please note this stop work order was issued on October 24, 2019 and lifted on December 11, 2019)
August 2019 – Amendment Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project – Outside of Regular Work Hours Request [PDF]
July 2019 – Amendment Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project – Legal name change of permit holder [PDF]
May 2019 – Amendment Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project – addition of a vehicular access road [PDF]
November 2018 – Approved Project Permit (PP15-041): Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
November 2018 – Project and Environmental Review Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
November 2018 – Final Permit Drawings A – V: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]

October 2018 – Design Amendments Application Review Public Consultation Consideration Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
October 2018 – Design Amendments Application Review Public Consultation Summary Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project[PDF]
July 2018 – Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project: Online Display Boards [PDF]

March 2018 – Application Review Public Consultation Consideration Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
January 2018  – Application Review Public Consultation Summary Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
January 2018  – Application Review Public Consultation Summary Report Appendices: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
November 2017 – Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project: Discussion Guide [PDF]
November 2017 – Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project: Display Boards [PDF]

September 2017 – Project Permit Application Form: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Project Overview Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Project Description and Operations Description: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Construction Environment Management Plan: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated August 2019) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Construction Environment Management Plan: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project Appendix A – C (Updated August 2019) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Construction Environment Management Plan: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project Appendix D (Updated August 2019) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Construction Environment Management Plan: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project Appendix E – H (Updated August 2019) [PDF]
July 2018 – Project Permit Application Recycled Concrete Aggregate Assessment: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Air Assessment: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Alternative Siting Options: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application BATNEC Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Energy Efficiency Study: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Early Earthquake Warning System Plan: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Fire Prevention Life Safety Plan: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Flood Protection Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
July 2018 – Project Permit Application Flood Protection Review: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Geotech Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
July 2018 – Project Permit Application Geotech Report Supplement: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Habitat Assessment Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated September 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Lighting Assessment Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Marine Structures Study: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Noise Assessment Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Noise Assessment Appendix 1a: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Noise Assessment Appendix 1b: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Rail Operations Plan: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Spill Prevention, Emergency Response and Hazardous Materials Handling Plan: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project – one of three (Updated September 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project – two of three (Updated September 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project – three of three (Updated September 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Traffic Impact Study: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
July 2018 – Project Permit Application Traffic Impact Study Rail Memo: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Viewscape and Shade Study: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated July 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Archaeological Overview Assessment (Received and under review) [PDF]
July 2018 – Project Permit Application Archaeological Overview Assessment and Addendum (Received and under review) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Drawings Package 1a: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated September 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Drawings Package 1b: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated September 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Drawings Package 2a: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated September 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Drawings Package 2b: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated September 2018) [PDF]
September 2017 – Project Permit Application Drawings Package 3: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility Project (Updated September 2018) [PDF]

March 2017 – Preliminary Public Comment Period Input Consideration Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility  [PDF]
January 2017 – Preliminary Public Comment Period Consultation Summary Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility [PDF]
January 2017 – Preliminary Public Comment Period Consultation Summary Report: Fraser Grain Terminal Grain Export Facility – Appendices [PDF]

Contact information

To learn more about Fraser Grain Terminal’s project and construction activities, please visit frasergrainterminal.ca, or contact the Fraser Grain Terminal project team by email or phone at 1.866.302.8872. 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.