Canadian utility company FortisBC Holdings Inc has filed documents with Canadian regulators outlining plans to expand its Tilbury LNG facility in British Columbia, aiming to build its niche in the small-scale LNG market
Under the documents for the Tilbury Phase 2 LNG Expansion Project submitted to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the BC Environmental Assessment Office, FortisBC is considering building a new storage tank with a capacity of 162,000 m3, trebling the site’s storage capacity and adding liquefaction equipment to produce 3.5 mta of LNG for marine bunkering or bulk export by ship. If approved, construction on the expansion could start as early as 2022 and be completed by 2028.
With a liquefaction capacity of 250,000 tonnes of LNG per year and storage capacity of 46,000 m3, the Tilbury LNG facility is already producing LNG for marine customers and export.
FortisBC supplies Canadian ferry operators Seaspan Ferries and BC Ferries with LNG to bunker LNG-fuelled vessels.
FortisBC said the expansion project will enable Tilbury LNG to meet the increasing demand for LNG as a marine fuel and to support its ’30BY30’ target; a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from its customers’ energy uses by 2030.
In July, FortisBC entered into a two-year agreement with Top Speed Energy Corp to export LNG to China in ISO containers. The deal will see 53,000 tonnes of LNG a year or about 60 ISO containers a week shipped from Tilbury LNG to China from 2021. FortisBC has been exporting LNG in ISO containers to China on the spot market since 2017.
Riviera’s LNG Bunkering & Refuelling Conference, Americas will deliver everything you need to know about LNG bunkering and refuelling off the east coast of America. The conference connects LNG businesses, with tailored networking, culminating in a technical visit to the Jaxport bunkering facility on 20 May 2020 in Jacksonville. Book your ticket now