Over the past few years, Canadian supplies of sulphur have been diminishing. To continue to support our business and in turn, the Port Moody community, PCT has been exploring a number of alternative commodities including potash and food-grade canola oil.
Both commodities align with our current terminal operations and will not require a fundamental change to our operations. We will continue to use the same on-site technology that is currently being used to handle ethylene glycol and sulphur. In addition, PCT has a history with potash: we handled the commodity between 1965 and 1971.
To handle these new products, our facility will require a few modifications, including the construction of a potash storage shed and additional liquid storage tanks. The facilities will be located beside our existing sulphur piles on the east side of our property. Modifications to existing terminal infrastructure will include upgrades to our water treatment facilities and shiploading equipment.
When investigating alternative commodities, our primary goal was to find an option that would work within our existing systems and award-winning environmental and safety policies. Both potash and canola oil allow us to continue to use our state-of-the-art operational systems and processes that have drastically reduced air emissions and improved the marine ecosystems and habitat surrounding the terminal.
PCT is committed to maintaining our relationship with the community – ensuring that our residents are kept informed of changes that are taking place at our facility is our top priority.
|July 2012— December 2012||Potash & Canola: Engineering Design and Community Engagement|
|January 2013 – March 2013||Potash & Canola: Project Review and Permitting|
|April 2013 – September 2013 ||Potash: Detailed Design, Equipment Procurement and Site Preparation
Canola: Site construction
|October 2013 – September 2015||Potash: Site Construction|