West Coast export terminal permit approved

G3 Canada Ltd. has cleared a major hurdle in its efforts to build a new grain export terminal in North Vancouver.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Auth-ority announced June 3 that it has issued a project permit for G3 Terminal Vancouver.

The proposed terminal is a joint venture partnership between G3 Global Holdings and Western Stevedoring Company Ltd.

The terminal will be built at LynnTerm West Gate and is expected to take three to four years to complete.

It will handle wheat, soybeans, canola, peas, corn and specialty byproducts, according to the terminal’s website at g3terminalvancouver.ca/project-details.

G3 said the facility is designed to optimize grain receiving, storage and shipping throughput operations on the West Coast.

Terminal construction will include the demolition of existing facilities at LynnTerm, site im-provements, construction of new buildings, overpasses and underpasses and modifications to the existing LynnTerm dock.

Other components include:

  • a rail car receiving facility that can unload two rail cars simultaneously
  • a loop track configuration that allows for the storage or holding of up to three trains
  • a conveyor network that will move grain from the receiving facility to bulk scale and sampling systems, storage facilities or cleaning equipment before loading
  • a grain storage facility comprising 48 concrete storage silos with an overhead conveyor system
  • grain cleaning facilities, byproducts bins and a byproduct load out system

The existing LynnTerm dock will be partly demolished and replaced with a new berth structure.

When completed, the loading system will include three articulated booms that can load ships up to a post-Panamax size.

The port authority issued a permit following a thorough review, which included consultations with the community, municipalities, agencies, stakeholders and aboriginal groups.

The project was approved subject to 74 permit conditions, which can be viewed online at bit.ly/28g8cPR.

The cost of the terminal has been pegged at $500 to $600 million.

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