Wharf project still on hold

Kitimat Northern Sentinel | Gerry Liebel | October 28 2017

LNG Canada says that while the contract to build a wharf both it and Rio Tinto will use has been awarded to a Dutch company, construction will only go ahead if and when it makes a decision to proceed with its massive liquefied natural gas plant.In a statement sent to the Sentinel by LNG Canada last Friday, the company confirmed the contract to build the wharf on behalf of LNG Canada has been awarded to BAM International, together with JJM Construction and Manson Construction.

“It is important to note however that this contract is pending a positive Final Investment Decision for our project, and in the absence of an FID, this contract would not move forward,” read the statement.

The statement further stressed that LNG Canada has not issued a media release with regards the contract, but that the Sentinel is on the company’s distribution list should one be issued.

“At the moment, we are undertaking a number of activities to put our project in the best position possible should there be a Final Investment Decision, but no date has yet been set by our Joint Venture Participants for such a decision,” read the statement.

News of the press release on BAM International’s website caused a stir on social media last week, many readers believing the press release was an indication that the project is going ahead.

The wharf will replace the existing Rio Tinto Terminal B, used for import and export of raw materials and finished products for Rio Tinto’s ongoing operations, that needs to be relocated due to the planned LNG export terminal in Kitimat.

BAM’s press release valued the project at 95 million euros, taking a year and a half to complete.

Should construction go ahead, the 320 by 60 metre wharf will include a berth for barges.

“Both elements will be built on more than 400 steel piles with a concrete deck of approximately 20,000 m3.

“BAM considers close cooperation with local suppliers and involvement of local workers as key factors to successfully deliver this project,” reads the statement.

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