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The Project

Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC), a consortium owned by most of the major airlines serving Vancouver International Airport (YVR), is building an aviation fuel delivery system to serve YVR. The new delivery system includes:

  • marine terminal on the South Arm of the Fraser River
  • storage facility on Port of Vancouver land
  • 13-kilometre underground pipeline to YVR

The system will meet the future fuel requirements of the airlines and airport for the foreseeable future.

The project is being constructed using the latest building, seismic, fire, and environmental codes and industry practices to achieve the highest levels of safety and reliability. With 100% of YVR’s fuel requirements delivered through the new system, the project will have a smaller environmental footprint than the existing fuel delivery system.

The project will eliminate the more than 1,000 tanker truck deliveries currently travelling on Delta and Richmond streets and highways each month. Without the project, any growth in fuel demand at YVR will rely on supply from just two refineries and will require additional truck shipments, equivalent to 800 tanker truck deliveries annually for each new daily flight to Asia.

With a secure and long-term competitive fuel supply, the project will help ensure that YVR remains a key economic generator and critical part of British Columbia’s role as Canada’s Pacific Gateway.

 

Environmental Assessment

In December 2013, following more than a decade of comprehensive planning, research, review and consultation by VAFFC, the project received an Environmental Assessment Certificate from the B.C. government and an Environmental Decision Statement from Port of Vancouver (acting on behalf of the federal government), allowing the project to proceed to permitting.

The BC Environmental Assessment Office, which led the review, formed a Technical Working Group (TWG) to advise the EAO on issues related to the proposed project’s assessment and to help assess the adequacy of any proposed mitigation measures.

The TWG for this assessment included:

  • Environment Canada
  • Transport Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Canadian Transportation Agency
  • Port of Vancouver
  • First Nations
  • Metro Vancouver
  • City of Richmond
  • Corporation of Delta
  • BC Oil & Gas Commission
  • BC Utilities Commission
  • BC Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Community, Sport & Culture
  • Vancouver Airport Authority

 

VAFFC Environmental Review Summary

 

 

Consultation

Since 2009, VAFFC has undertaken extensive consultation, including hosting 11 information sessions with approximately 775 people attending, consulting and addressing concerns of 12 First Nations, responding to more than 1,200 public comments, and conducting more than 100 federal, provincial, and municipal stakeholder meetings.

The most recent sessions were in 2015 and 2016.

 

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