Canpotex Potash Terminal Project

Ridley Island (British Columbia)

Reference number: 47632
Federal Responsible Authorities: Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Prince Rupert Port Authority and Transport Canada
Proponent: Canpotex Terminals Ltd. and the Prince Rupert Port Authority
Environmental Assessment Commenced: 2009-04-01
Environmental Assessment Type: Transitional Comprehensive Study
Status: Environmental assessment completed

Latest Update

March 8, 2013 - The Decision of Responsible Authorities has been taken.

About the Proposal

Projects that were undergoing a comprehensive study at the time the provisions of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, (2012) came into force will continue to follow the requirements of the former Act. Under the former Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is responsible for conducting the comprehensive study of this project.

Canpotex Terminals Ltd. and the Prince Rupert Port Authority are proposing to develop and operate a potash export terminal and a rail, road and utilities corridor on Prince Rupert Port Authority land (Ridley Island) in British Columbia. The project, for the purposes of an environmental assessment, includes the physical works and activities associated with the construction, operation and decommissioning of the project components.

The Canpotex Potash Export Terminal will include the following components:

  • A marine wharf, access trestle, causeway and all weather ship loading facility capable of receiving vessels of up to 180,000 dead weight tonnes (DWT).
  • A 180,000-tonne potash storage building with associated conveyor and dust collection systems.
  • An automated railcar unloading and conveyor system, automated portal scraper and dust collection system.
  • A settlement pond for storm water, washdown water and marine outfalls.
  • Administration, personnel, maintenance and storage buildings.
  • Site services, including water supply, natural gas and sewage.
  • Other applicable ancillary components associated with the project and located within the project area.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority Road, Rail and Utilities Corridor will include the following components:

  • A rail loop (approximately 7,818 metres) consisting of a railbed for up to 14 inbound and 11 outbound tracks.
  • Three inbound rail tracks and two outbound tracks laid for the Canpotex Potash Export Terminal.
  • A 69-kilovolt transmission line (approximately 3.4 kilometres) connecting Ridley Island and the Canpotex Potash Export Terminal to the BC Hydro power transmission system.
  • Access road with a rail overpass and underpass.
  • Rail land bridge and culverts.
  • Infilling of foreshore marine habitat along Chatham Sound.

In addition to the components listed above, temporary structures associated with project construction are considered as part of the project. These include site offices, first aid stations, washrooms, equipment maintenance shops, temporary lay-down areas, and barge landing sites.


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For questions or information, please contact:

Environmental Assessment
Transport Canada
620 - 800 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 2J8
Telephone: 604-666-6750
Fax: 604-666-2961

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