Supplying in-demand energy products to international markets
The Port of Prince Rupert receives propane, coal, and biofuels from across Western Canada, and connects these key energy suppliers to overseas markets in western Europe and Asia.
The Prince Rupert port provides much needed tidewater access to global markets for in-demand Canadian energy products. Trigon Pacific Terminals provides an export point for the vast reserves of metallurgical and thermal coal. AltaGas’ Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET) is Canada’s first propane export facility. The Westview Wood Pellet Terminal is the first North American purpose-built wood pellet export facility for use in power generation. To meet increasing global demand for low-carbon transition fuels, the Port is working to expand its liquid bulk storage facility through development of the Ridley Island Energy Export Facility (REEF), a large-scale liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and bulk liquids terminal and marine berthing and loading facility at the Port of Prince Rupert.
Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET)
Clean energy, global opportunities, competitive advantages: The Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET) provides new market access for western Canadian propane producers.
AltaGas’ Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET), Canada’s first propane export facility, is located on a 24-acre brownfield site approximately 10 km south of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The terminal leverages CN’s existing railway network, and the deepest harbour in North America to offer Canada’s natural gas producers direct access to international markets and a 15-day shipping advantage vs. the U.S. Gulf Coast.
RIPET is capable of storing 600,000 bbls or 1.2 million tonnes of propane per year. The terminal offloads approximately 50 to 60 rail cars of liquid propane from BC and Alberta each day. It transfers the propane to intermediate pressurized storage bullets and then cools it so that it can be stored and shipped at atmospheric pressure. Chilled propane is then loaded onto Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) and delivered to global markets through approximately 20 to 30 marine transport shipments per year.
Ridley Energy Export Facility (REEF)
New Liquid Bulk Storage Facility: To meet increasing global demand for low-carbon transition fuels and building on RIPET’s success, Royal Vopak and AltaGas Ltd. have formed a new 50/50 joint venture to further evaluate the development of the Ridley Island Energy Export Facility (REEF), a large-scale liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and bulk liquids terminal and marine berthing and loading facility on Ridley Island at the Port of Prince Rupert.
The proposed project provides much needed tidewater access to global markets for Canadian products such as methanol, diesel and propane. The selected site benefits from ample deep-water and direct rail reach to the Pacific. It’s anticipated that vessel loading operations will occur approximately once every three days; at full capacity, this yields approximately 171 vessels per year, depending on customer demand. The jetty will be able to accommodate vessels of up to 85,000 cubic metres at two berths with a maximum draft of 14.5 metres.
Westview Wood Pellet Terminal
The Westview Wood Pellet Terminal is the first purpose-built wood pellet export facility in North America. The facility has an annual capacity to ship 1.25 million tonnes of wood pellets to world markets for use in power generation.
Wood pellets are made from waste wood material such as logging waste and sawmill residue. The pellets are produced by compressing the waste wood material under high temperatures. The lignin in the wood forms a natural glue that holds the pellets together as it cools. The world market for wood pellet fuels is rapidly growing as a result of demand for renewable biomass fuels to replace fossil fuels in power boilers and space heating.
Trigon Pacific Terminals
Efficient and reliable coal export: Trigon Pacific Terminals provides market access for the vast reserves of coal in northern British Columbia and Alberta.
Trigon Pacific Terminals Ltd. owns and operates one of the most advanced bulk commodity terminals in its market, handling metallurgical coal, thermal coal, and petroleum coke, primarily from British Columbia and Alberta with significantly higher vessel loading rates than those of other West Coast terminals.
Trigon Pacific Terminals Ltd. is a privately-held entity by AMCI Group, Riverside Holdings and the Lax Kw’alaams Band and Metlakatla First Nation and is favoured for its low-cost operations. The facility also offers high-quality and high-performance services within its continuous 24-hour operations, unloading trains at 6,000 tonnes per hour and loading vessels at 9,000 tonnes per hour. The terminal also handles petroleum coke and can accommodate additional bulk volumes within its annual shipping capacity of 18 million tonnes.