Utility FortisBC Energy Inc. plans to double the truck loading capacity at its Tilbury Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Facility in Delta, British Columbia (BC), to meet growing customer demand.

Tilbury has selected Clough as the general contractor to build two new loading bays at the terminal. The facility currently fills more than 1,000 LNG containers per year for ferry and truck transport customers. 

“Our transportation and overseas customers are seeking cost-effective, cleaner energy sources to lower their carbon footprints,” said project director Rob Dunsmore. “By fuelling with LNG they can significantly reduce emissions on the road to a lower-carbon future.”

The truck loading project is part of a broader expansion program at the facility. It’s also aimed at cutting customers’ emissions by 30% by 2030 with LNG as a lower-carbon fuel alternative to diesel or marine fuel. 

Tilbury has been in operation since 1971 and was expanded in 2018 to produce 0.25 million metric tons per year (mmty) of LNG for local ferry and trucking customers. The terminal has also exported small amounts of LNG overseas and is working to offer LNG bunkering services. Under a broader plan, the facility could be expanded to produce 3.5 mmty of LNG for overseas export by 2028. 

The truck loading expansion is expected to cost $18.5 million. The broader expansion program has spent more than $119 million with over 300 regional suppliers since 2014. 

FortisBC is a regulated utility, providing natural gas, propane and thermal energy services to over one million customers in BC. The company operates 30,400 miles of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines.