Kitimat Terminal Information

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Kitimat is British Columbia’s largest private port and the deepest inland outlet for goods moving along the Northwest Transportation and Trade Corridor.  The Northwest Corridor is an attractive global trade route between Asia and North America; a Kitimat location can maximize the advantages offered by this route: all-season access without the weather, terrain, and congestion risks that impede rail and road traffic on southern routes.

Over the last 20 years, the Port of Kitimat has sheltered more than 4300 deep-sea vessels and has quietly moved more than 50 million tonnes of cargo to and from ports on all continents. Kitimat industries have produced up to 11% of BC’s annual manufactured exports and shipped up to 5% of annual BC exports.  Between 1990 and 2000 over $15 billion in trade was produced at or exported from Kitimat.

Proposed Projects For The Region

  • Rio Tinto Alcan – Kitimat Modernization Project (KMP) Rio Tinto Alcan is undertaking a modernization project which will increase smelter aluminum ingot production capacity by more than 48 per cent to approximately 420,000 tonnes per annum. First metal is expected to come on stream in the first half of 2015, ramping up to full production over the next nine months. The modernized smelter will be powered exclusively by wholly-owned hydro-power and will use proprietary AP40 smelting technology. This new technology will reduce smelter carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas) emissions by approximately 50 per cent.
  • Kitimat LNG (KLNG) – Natural Gas Liquefaction and Export Terminal Kitimat LNG (KLNG) is one of the proposed LNG export facility in Kitimat. The company plans to build a liquefaction plant and marine terminal in association with the $1.3 billion Pacific Trail Pipeline between Kitimat and the North America tie-in near Summit Lake in north-central British Columbia. Proposed plant capacity is 700 million cubic feet of natural gas per day or five million tonnes of LNG annually. A National Energy Beard (NEB) export permit was issued in October 2011. The project partners are redeveloping the former Eurocan mill site as a project lay down and construction camp. Further information an be found on their web site
  • Enbridge Northern Gateway – Marine Terminal and Pipeline Enbridge is undertaking environmental, engineering and field work to support the proposed development of a marine terminal and two new pipelines as part of the Northern Gateway Project. Further information is available on their web site.
  • Sandhill Materials – Aggregate Processing and Export Terminal Cascadia Materials Inc. is a leader and innovator in quarry, sand & gravel operations, bulk and detailed excavation, infrastructure installation, and asphalt and concrete recycling.
  • Pacific Trail Pipeline – Import and Export Pipeline The Pacific Trail Pipeline will provide a direct connection between the Spectra Energy Transmission pipeline system and the Kitimat LNG terminal to transport natural gas from Western Canada to Asian markets.
  • Douglas Channel Energy Partnership Douglas Channel Energy partnership is proposing a small-scale LNG plant on the west side of Douglas Channel, south of Moon Bay. The project will utilize existing capacity of the Pacific Northern Gas pipeline and convert up to 125 MMscf/day of natural gas into approximately 900,000 tonnes of LNG per annum. FEED studies began in 2011. An energy export permit was granted in February 2012.
  • LNG Canada In May 2012, Shell Canada announced development of a proposed LNG export facility in a joint venture with Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), Mitsubishi Corporation, and PetroChina Company Ltd. The project will consist of construction and operation of: natural gas treatment, liquefaction and storage facilities; marine terminal; LNG transfer pipeline; support facilities and infrastructure. The decision to move the project into development will be made by mid-decade, with start-up by 2020 pending regulatory approvals and investment decisions.
  • Kitimat Clean Ltd. In August 2012, Kitimat Clean Ltd. submitted a proposal to build a large oil refinery in the Kitimat Valley to process crude oil delivered by pipeline. Check out above website for further information.