The expansion will increase the capacity of the facility from the current 750,000 to 2 million TEUs.
The first year of the project included the installation of two dumper barrels in December 2011, which marked the first capacity growth at the terminal since it was commissioned in 1983. 2011's planned works were completed with the clearing 44 acres of additional lands for further improvement.
2012 involved site civil works, upgrades of the existing stacker/reclaimers, delivery of a third stacker/reclaimer, installation of additional conveyers, and installation and upgrade of nearly 14 km of rail infrastructure.
Construction continues with the integration of the additional land area into the existing operation. A new tandem rotary dumper and a new thaw shed is expected to be added to the terminal's operation should the expansion recommence, increasing total terminal capacity well above the current 12 million tons/year.
Expansion is on hold due to weak coal markets.
The City of Prince Rupert has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Watson Island LNG Corporation (WILNG) to repurpose Watson Island into a small LNG export terminal. WILNG will now take the time to perform their due diligence surrounding the export facility.
No timelines have been set.
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