Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal

July 21
September 28 – Tank support structure and roof panels assembled inside the tank
January 31

Prince Rupert, BC

Location

Up to 1.2 million tonnes

Capacity

Yes

Operator

Propane

Fuel Type

Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal Project Update Issue 3

Construction is underway at the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal. Find out more in the Spring 2018 newsletter. Read more.

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Overview

On January 3, 2017 AltaGas announced a Final Investment Decision on the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal. The Project is expected to be the first propane export terminal on Canada’s west coast.
 
The decision was made following a Determination Decision from federal regulators; Ridley Terminals Inc., the Prince Rupert Port Authority and Transport Canada that in accordance with the requirements of Section 67 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, the Project is not likely to have any significant environmental effects within the meaning of CEAA, allowing the Project to proceed.
 
The Project is located on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, on a section of land leased by Ridley Terminals Inc. from the Prince Rupert Port Authority. The brownfield site has a history of industrial development and benefits from excellent railway access and a world class marine jetty with deep water access to the Pacific Ocean. AltaGas has executed long-term agreements securing land tenure along with rail and marine infrastructure on Ridley Island.
 
Construction is underway on the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal Project, which has been designed to ship up to 1.2 million tonnes of propane per year. Propane from British Columbia and Alberta natural gas producers will be transported to the Facility using the existing CN rail network. It is estimated that the proposed Facility will offload approximately 50 to 60 rail cars per day and deliver by marine transport approximately 20 to 30 cargos of propane per year to market.
 
The Facility is estimated to cost between $450 million and $500 million, and is expected to be in service by the first quarter of 2019.

Project Benefits

  • Provide new market access for Western Canadian propane producers to Asia, a premium market for propane.
  • Contribute to national trade and enrich Canadian-international partnerships.
  • Diversify product and economic activity at Ridley Terminals.
  • Support long-term economic stability in the region and provide local employment opportunities.
  • Provide skills training and employment opportunities to local First Nations.
  • Lead to approximately 200 to 250 construction jobs and 40 to 50 permanent job opportunities once the facility is operational.

Permitting and Regulatory

  • The environmental aspects of the Project have been reviewed by federal authorities, under section 67 of the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency (CEAA) 2012.
  • On October 18, 2016, AltaGas was granted approval from the National Energy Board for a 25-year licence to export up to 1.35 million tonnes of propane per year.
  • The process of engaging and consulting with First Nations, communities, government, and environmental and regulatory authorities started in early 2016.

Contact Us:

If you have questions or would like to obtain more information about the project, please email us at: info.ridleypropane@altagas.ca

Questions about the environment: environment.ridleypropane@altagas.ca or 1.888.974.3539

If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal Project, click here.

News

AltaGas and Astomos Sign Milestone Agreement

On August 1, 2017 an official signing ceremony occurred between AltaGas Ltd. and Astomos Energy Corporation of Japan to conclude the sale and purchase agreement for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) from the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal.

Astomos, one of the world’s largest LPG players, will purchase 50 percent of the 1.2 million tonnes of propane shipped from the Terminal each year, beginning in Q1 2019. At a time when Canada is seeking to diversify its energy markets, and Japan is seeking new energy sources, the agreement between Astomos and AltaGas contributes to expanding the cooperative ties between the two nations.

The long-term agreement is a major step forward for AltaGas’ Ridley Export Terminal, the first of its kind off Canada’s west coast. It will provide producers in northeast B.C. new access to premium markets in Asia for their propane while also providing a secure new source of LPG to Japan. The advantages of the location of the Terminal are indisputable: a 10-day sail to Japan versus a 25-day sail from the U.S. Gulf Coast, access to Canadian National Railway’s existing rail network and AltaGas’ processing plants; and a world class marine jetty with deep water access to the Pacific Ocean.

Construction of the Ridley Terminal is well underway, on time and on budget with an expected in service date in the first quarter of 2019.

Astomos signing
David Cornhill, Chairman and Founder, AltaGas and Osamu Masuda, President Astomos Energy celebrate the signing of an agreement for the sale and purchase of LPG from the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal currently under construction.

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Construction is underway at the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal. Find out more in the Spring 2018 newsletter. Read more.

 

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Notice of Determination
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AltaGas announces positive FID on Canada’s First west coast propane export terminal
January 3, 2017

AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX:ALA) announced today that it has reached a positive Final Investment Decision (“FID”) on its Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (“the Ridley Export Terminal”), having received approval from federal regulators. AltaGas has executed long-term agreements securing land tenure along with rail and marine infrastructure on Ridley Island and will proceed with the construction, ownership and operation of the Ridley Export Terminal. Read more.

AltaGas provides access to premium Asian markets for Canadian producers
May 24, 2016

AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX:ALA) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, AltaGas LPG Limited Partnership, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (the “Agreement”) with Astomos Energy Corporation (“Astomos”) setting out key commercial terms for the sale and purchase of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (“LPG”) from the proposed Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (the “Export Terminal”). The Export Terminal provides AltaGas’ customers with the opportunity to realize incremental value through access to Asian markets and pricing for western Canadian propane. Read more.

AltaGas advances its Canadian west coast propane export facility
January 20, 2016

AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX:ALA) announced today that a sublease and related agreements have been signed with Ridley Terminals Inc. (“Ridley Terminals”) to develop, build, own and operate the proposed Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (the “Facility”), to be located on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert, British Columbia on a portion of lands leased by Ridley Terminals from the Prince Rupert Port Authority (the “Port”). The agreements are an important first step for beginning the regulatory and engagement phases of the project. Read more.

NEW Operator Training Program

About the New Operator Training Program

AltaGas is looking for 14 motivated individuals who have a strong desire to learn, an interest in gas operations and are interested in future employment at the Ridley Island Propane Export Facility to participate in the new AltaGas Operator Training Program.

Students will be hired for a temporary six-month paid term that runs from June 2018 to December 2018. The training program will be based out of Prince Rupert and Terrace at the North West Community College campuses, with in-class technical support.

The Operator Training Program will include

  • Basic safety training courses.
  • Gas Processing Operations levels A and B.
  • A field training trip to an existing AltaGas facility.

Operator Training Program Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm and a strong desire to learn.
  • Interest in gas operations and interest in future employment at our RIPET facility.
  • Ability to attend, and participate fully in the training program that runs from June to December 2018.
  • A high school diploma or GED (or minimum grade 10 with work experience in Organizational Health and Safety, Construction, or Oil & Gas Industry).
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Available to attend field trips to site.
  • Gas plant and power generation experience would be considered an asset.
  • Must possess the physical capabilities to safely perform all essential aspects and responsibilities of a Terminal Operator position.
  • Comfortable working at heights and outside in a variety of conditions for long periods of time.
  • Must possess a mechanical aptitude.
  • Demonstrated safety mindset; ability to actively participate in all safety initiatives.

Successful completion of the Operator Training Program will result in the student’s eligibility to be considered for full-time employment as a Terminal Operator at the Ridley Island Propane Export Facility.

Watch the Operator Training Program Video.

_____________________________________________________________________________

JOB DESCRIPTION: Terminal Operator, Ridley Island Propane Export Facility

Reporting to the Senior Unloader, this position is responsible for safely managing the day to day operations for the unloading of LPG rail cars. Candidates should possess a mechanical aptitude with the desire to learn. The ideal incumbent will have similar experience with gas plant and power generation, or have recently completed AltaGas’ Operator Training Program.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Ensure the safe operation of the terminal by maintaining awareness for personal safety and that of co-workers, outside contractors and customers.
  • Adherence to all AltaGas Policies, Standards, Procedures and Practices.
  • Recognizes and avoids inappropriate risks, considers the consequences and impact and consults with senior personnel before taking action.
  • Participate as a member of the Emergency Response Team; actively participate in emergency situations (fire/spill) when required.
  • Report and investigate facilities’ safety incidents. 
  • Match rail car unloading schedule to manifest.
  • Ensure that rail cars are positioned at the proper unloading rack.
  • Visually inspect the rail car to be involved in the upcoming transfer in order to ensure that everything is mechanically sound and there is no defective equipment before unloading.
  • Samples rail car contents and places sample in a chromatograph, records results from chromatograph, along with physical conditions (pressure, temperature, rail car tank level).
  • Unload rail cars according to unloading procedure.
  • Check volume of the rail car after unloading to ens.re rail car is empty.
  • Complete appropriate paperwork/documentation after unloading.
  • Perform track inspections and rail car inspections.
  • Performs minor facility maintenance as required.
  • Assist senior operators in other plant activities when there are no rail cars to unload, or as instructed.
  • Performs general housekeeping duties (Keep work area clean, shovel snow when required, etc.).

Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or GED (or minimum grade 10 with work experience in Organizational Health and Safety, Construction, or Oil & Gas Industry).
  • Rail Car Safety & Securement.
  • Track Inspection Level II.
  • Proficient computers skills with (Excel, Word & Outlook).
  • S.A.I.T’s Gas Processing Level A+B.
  • 4th Class Power Engineering certificate would be considered an asset.
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license.
  • Gas plant and power generation experience would be considered an asset.
  • Must possess the physical capabilities to safely perform all essential aspects and responsibilities of a Terminal Operator position.
  • Comfortable working at heights and outside in a variety of conditions for long periods of time.
  • Must possess the mechanical aptitude to capably handle the operation of terminal equipment and maintenance skills.
  • Demonstrated safety mindset; ability to actively participate in all safety initiatives.
  • Ability to participate as an active member of the Emergency Response Team.

Overview

Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal Project Update Issue 3

Construction is underway at the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal. Find out more in the Spring 2018 newsletter. Read more.

Issue 1
Issue 2
Issue 3
 

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Overview

On January 3, 2017 AltaGas announced a Final Investment Decision on the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal. The Project is expected to be the first propane export terminal on Canada’s west coast.
 
The decision was made following a Determination Decision from federal regulators; Ridley Terminals Inc., the Prince Rupert Port Authority and Transport Canada that in accordance with the requirements of Section 67 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, the Project is not likely to have any significant environmental effects within the meaning of CEAA, allowing the Project to proceed.
 
The Project is located on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, on a section of land leased by Ridley Terminals Inc. from the Prince Rupert Port Authority. The brownfield site has a history of industrial development and benefits from excellent railway access and a world class marine jetty with deep water access to the Pacific Ocean. AltaGas has executed long-term agreements securing land tenure along with rail and marine infrastructure on Ridley Island.
 
Construction is underway on the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal Project, which has been designed to ship up to 1.2 million tonnes of propane per year. Propane from British Columbia and Alberta natural gas producers will be transported to the Facility using the existing CN rail network. It is estimated that the proposed Facility will offload approximately 50 to 60 rail cars per day and deliver by marine transport approximately 20 to 30 cargos of propane per year to market.
 
The Facility is estimated to cost between $450 million and $500 million, and is expected to be in service by the first quarter of 2019.

Project Benefits

  • Provide new market access for Western Canadian propane producers to Asia, a premium market for propane.
  • Contribute to national trade and enrich Canadian-international partnerships.
  • Diversify product and economic activity at Ridley Terminals.
  • Support long-term economic stability in the region and provide local employment opportunities.
  • Provide skills training and employment opportunities to local First Nations.
  • Lead to approximately 200 to 250 construction jobs and 40 to 50 permanent job opportunities once the facility is operational.

Permitting and Regulatory

  • The environmental aspects of the Project have been reviewed by federal authorities, under section 67 of the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency (CEAA) 2012.
  • On October 18, 2016, AltaGas was granted approval from the National Energy Board for a 25-year licence to export up to 1.35 million tonnes of propane per year.
  • The process of engaging and consulting with First Nations, communities, government, and environmental and regulatory authorities started in early 2016.

Contact Us:

If you have questions or would like to obtain more information about the project, please email us at: info.ridleypropane@altagas.ca

Questions about the environment: environment.ridleypropane@altagas.ca or 1.888.974.3539

If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal Project, click here.

Updates

News

AltaGas and Astomos Sign Milestone Agreement

On August 1, 2017 an official signing ceremony occurred between AltaGas Ltd. and Astomos Energy Corporation of Japan to conclude the sale and purchase agreement for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) from the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal.

Astomos, one of the world’s largest LPG players, will purchase 50 percent of the 1.2 million tonnes of propane shipped from the Terminal each year, beginning in Q1 2019. At a time when Canada is seeking to diversify its energy markets, and Japan is seeking new energy sources, the agreement between Astomos and AltaGas contributes to expanding the cooperative ties between the two nations.

The long-term agreement is a major step forward for AltaGas’ Ridley Export Terminal, the first of its kind off Canada’s west coast. It will provide producers in northeast B.C. new access to premium markets in Asia for their propane while also providing a secure new source of LPG to Japan. The advantages of the location of the Terminal are indisputable: a 10-day sail to Japan versus a 25-day sail from the U.S. Gulf Coast, access to Canadian National Railway’s existing rail network and AltaGas’ processing plants; and a world class marine jetty with deep water access to the Pacific Ocean.

Construction of the Ridley Terminal is well underway, on time and on budget with an expected in service date in the first quarter of 2019.

Astomos signing
David Cornhill, Chairman and Founder, AltaGas and Osamu Masuda, President Astomos Energy celebrate the signing of an agreement for the sale and purchase of LPG from the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal currently under construction.

Project Newsletter

Construction is underway at the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal. Find out more in the Spring 2018 newsletter. Read more.

 

Sign up to receive project updates.

 

Notice of Determination
View announcement

AltaGas announces positive FID on Canada’s First west coast propane export terminal
January 3, 2017

AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX:ALA) announced today that it has reached a positive Final Investment Decision (“FID”) on its Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (“the Ridley Export Terminal”), having received approval from federal regulators. AltaGas has executed long-term agreements securing land tenure along with rail and marine infrastructure on Ridley Island and will proceed with the construction, ownership and operation of the Ridley Export Terminal. Read more.

AltaGas provides access to premium Asian markets for Canadian producers
May 24, 2016

AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX:ALA) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, AltaGas LPG Limited Partnership, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (the “Agreement”) with Astomos Energy Corporation (“Astomos”) setting out key commercial terms for the sale and purchase of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (“LPG”) from the proposed Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (the “Export Terminal”). The Export Terminal provides AltaGas’ customers with the opportunity to realize incremental value through access to Asian markets and pricing for western Canadian propane. Read more.

AltaGas advances its Canadian west coast propane export facility
January 20, 2016

AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX:ALA) announced today that a sublease and related agreements have been signed with Ridley Terminals Inc. (“Ridley Terminals”) to develop, build, own and operate the proposed Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (the “Facility”), to be located on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert, British Columbia on a portion of lands leased by Ridley Terminals from the Prince Rupert Port Authority (the “Port”). The agreements are an important first step for beginning the regulatory and engagement phases of the project. Read more.

Community

NEW Operator Training Program

About the New Operator Training Program

AltaGas is looking for 14 motivated individuals who have a strong desire to learn, an interest in gas operations and are interested in future employment at the Ridley Island Propane Export Facility to participate in the new AltaGas Operator Training Program.

Students will be hired for a temporary six-month paid term that runs from June 2018 to December 2018. The training program will be based out of Prince Rupert and Terrace at the North West Community College campuses, with in-class technical support.

The Operator Training Program will include

  • Basic safety training courses.
  • Gas Processing Operations levels A and B.
  • A field training trip to an existing AltaGas facility.

Operator Training Program Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm and a strong desire to learn.
  • Interest in gas operations and interest in future employment at our RIPET facility.
  • Ability to attend, and participate fully in the training program that runs from June to December 2018.
  • A high school diploma or GED (or minimum grade 10 with work experience in Organizational Health and Safety, Construction, or Oil & Gas Industry).
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Available to attend field trips to site.
  • Gas plant and power generation experience would be considered an asset.
  • Must possess the physical capabilities to safely perform all essential aspects and responsibilities of a Terminal Operator position.
  • Comfortable working at heights and outside in a variety of conditions for long periods of time.
  • Must possess a mechanical aptitude.
  • Demonstrated safety mindset; ability to actively participate in all safety initiatives.

Successful completion of the Operator Training Program will result in the student’s eligibility to be considered for full-time employment as a Terminal Operator at the Ridley Island Propane Export Facility.

Watch the Operator Training Program Video.

_____________________________________________________________________________

JOB DESCRIPTION: Terminal Operator, Ridley Island Propane Export Facility

Reporting to the Senior Unloader, this position is responsible for safely managing the day to day operations for the unloading of LPG rail cars. Candidates should possess a mechanical aptitude with the desire to learn. The ideal incumbent will have similar experience with gas plant and power generation, or have recently completed AltaGas’ Operator Training Program.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Ensure the safe operation of the terminal by maintaining awareness for personal safety and that of co-workers, outside contractors and customers.
  • Adherence to all AltaGas Policies, Standards, Procedures and Practices.
  • Recognizes and avoids inappropriate risks, considers the consequences and impact and consults with senior personnel before taking action.
  • Participate as a member of the Emergency Response Team; actively participate in emergency situations (fire/spill) when required.
  • Report and investigate facilities’ safety incidents. 
  • Match rail car unloading schedule to manifest.
  • Ensure that rail cars are positioned at the proper unloading rack.
  • Visually inspect the rail car to be involved in the upcoming transfer in order to ensure that everything is mechanically sound and there is no defective equipment before unloading.
  • Samples rail car contents and places sample in a chromatograph, records results from chromatograph, along with physical conditions (pressure, temperature, rail car tank level).
  • Unload rail cars according to unloading procedure.
  • Check volume of the rail car after unloading to ens.re rail car is empty.
  • Complete appropriate paperwork/documentation after unloading.
  • Perform track inspections and rail car inspections.
  • Performs minor facility maintenance as required.
  • Assist senior operators in other plant activities when there are no rail cars to unload, or as instructed.
  • Performs general housekeeping duties (Keep work area clean, shovel snow when required, etc.).

Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or GED (or minimum grade 10 with work experience in Organizational Health and Safety, Construction, or Oil & Gas Industry).
  • Rail Car Safety & Securement.
  • Track Inspection Level II.
  • Proficient computers skills with (Excel, Word & Outlook).
  • S.A.I.T’s Gas Processing Level A+B.
  • 4th Class Power Engineering certificate would be considered an asset.
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license.
  • Gas plant and power generation experience would be considered an asset.
  • Must possess the physical capabilities to safely perform all essential aspects and responsibilities of a Terminal Operator position.
  • Comfortable working at heights and outside in a variety of conditions for long periods of time.
  • Must possess the mechanical aptitude to capably handle the operation of terminal equipment and maintenance skills.
  • Demonstrated safety mindset; ability to actively participate in all safety initiatives.
  • Ability to participate as an active member of the Emergency Response Team.