Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform
Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform
The Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform (RIELP) is a port infrastructure project that will enable and support the development of innovative, large scale, export transloading facilities designed to increase efficiencies in export supply chains maximize value to Canadian exporters, and support the growth of the intermodal business in the Port of Prince Rupert.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority is the project proponent and would build the proposed land, rail, road and utility infrastructure required to support future transloading operations located on the platform.
Located on the southern end of Ridley Island, the RIELP is designed to host integrated large-scale bulk transload facilities, integrated large-scale breakbulk facilities and an integrated off-dock container yard. Collectively, the platform is designed to support at least 400,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of export transload capacity annually, with the potential to increase capacity to 700,00 (TEUs) for bulk and breakbulk commodities in the future.
The project is designed to create a platform for transloading bulk commodities such as plastic pellets, cereal grains, speciality agriculture crops, lumber, pulp and mineral concentrates to containers for export. The integrated off-dock facility will provide empty container storage for the port’s container terminal operations, enhancing terminal efficiency and capacities. The platform and future operating services located on it will be fully integrated via transportation and technological integration with the container terminal operations.
The infrastructure project is estimated to have a capital cost of 250 million dollars with a two-year construction timeline and an estimated workforce of 250 people during construction.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is proposing the construction and future operation of the Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform (RIELP), intended to enhance the Port of Prince Rupert’s export capacity through a new state-of-the-art export logistics platform.Read More
PRPA will need to fulfill its responsibilities under Section 82 of the Impact Assessment Act (IAA) and make a determination of significance on whether the proposed works and activities has the potential to result in a significant adverse environmental effect.Read More
Ridley Island is mainly bogs fen and swamp wetlands. The bogs are covered in a variety of Sphagnum and brown mosses, shrubs and sparse trees including, Western red cedar, yellow cedar and shore pine.Read More
Potential adverse effects resulting from the Project are expected to be minor, well understood, and able to be addressed with established and effective mitigation measures.Read More
The Prince Rupert Port Authority is responsible for the overall planning, development, marketing and management of the commercial port facilities within the Port of Prince Rupert.
This includes the competitive, efficient and timely responses to customers and business opportunities. PRPA funnels all its operations through four core values; trust, community, marine safety and innovation.
- Estimated Capital Cost:
- 250 Million
- Estimated Construction Workforce:
- 250 Person Years
- Project Milestones Date:
- Environmental Effects Evaluation start: Q1 2020
- Estimated construction start: Q1 2022
- Estimated in service date: Q1 2023
The Project Description is available here:
RIELP Frequently Asked Questions
- We currently have tens of thousands of empty containers moving through Prince Rupert, being loaded back onto vessels. The availability of so many empty containers at the port is a significant opportunity for Canadian exporters to fill them up with valuable products for markets overseas. Empty container availability in other parts of Western Canada is a major issue for exporters because geographically, exports are often produced in rural areas, while the imports are often headed to distribution centres and manufacturing facilities in urban areas.
- Rail access is a significant driver of this development’s specific location on Ridley Island. The ability to build out large loop track extensions on the existing Road Rail Utility Corridor to accommodate 12,000-foot trains means that we can achieve both scale and operational efficiency.
- Proximity to DP World’s Fairview Terminal is another advantage. By using the Fairview-Ridley Connector road currently under construction, trucks have a shorter transit to the marine terminal from the RIELP, providing cost savings, reducing the environmental footprint, and improving safety by removing port related truck traffic from the community. Having an off-dock container yard integrated into the RIELP will improve the capacity of DP World’s Fairview Terminal, by storing empty containers adjacent to where the exports are coming from, and by storing laden exports until they are needed to be loaded back onto a vessel.