Thousands of creosote-treated piles to be removed from foreshore of former pulp mill
SQUAMISH, BC — Woodfibre LNG Limited is pleased to announce that Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership has been selected as the contractor to remove old pulp mill structures and infrastructure along the foreshore of the former Woodfibre pulp mill site near Squamish, British Columbia.
The cleanup and demolition work is being carried out by Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership and its subcontractor Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd. The work began on August 7, 2018, and will continue for approximately six months. It will result in the direct employment of 25 people at the Woodfibre site.
The cleanup will include the removal of the following:
- Old timber wharf
- Hog fuel unloading dock
- Deep-sea berth and warehouse
- Ferry berth
- Miscellaneous creosote-treated piles (3,000+), mooring dolphins, steel frames and can buoys
- Abandoned rail car barge ramp
- Mill equipment support structure
- Bridge at the mouth of Mill Creek
- Asbestos-containing materials from various structures on the Project site
The cleanup is part of Woodfibre LNG’s commitment to the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to remove old infrastructure from the areas Woodfibre LNG leases from the ministry that are not required for operation and maintenance of the Woodfibre property.
This work is also a continuation of the multimillion dollar cleanup effort that began in March 2017. Last year, workers removed industrial debris, such as storage tanks and other abandoned equipment, from the site for safe disposal.
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Byng Giraud, Country Manager & VP Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG Limited
“This latest cleanup work at the Woodfibre LNG site means thousands of creosote-treated piles will be cut or removed entirely from the waters of Howe Sound. The work also reinforces the benefits of re-using old industrial sites as these sites have to be brought up to and maintained at the industrial standards of today. Plus, we’re continuing to build momentum as we work towards the start of construction of the Woodfibre LNG Project.”
Wayne Saunders, Director of Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership
“The Woodfibre pulp mill site was originally known as Swiy’a’at by the peoples of the Skwxwú7mesh or Squamish Nation. Sukwi7 Contracting is very pleased to be working with Woodfibre LNG on this very important project that will clean up the foreshore and marine habitat of the old pulp mill site, located in the waters of Howe Sound and the traditional territory of the Squamish Nation.”
Steve Hunt, President of Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd.
“We are proud to be working with Sukwi7, partners of the Squamish Nation, to undertake this important remediation project in Howe Sound. This work will improve the environment at a historical industrial waterfront site and pave the way for future development.”
Woodfibre LNG Limited
The Woodfibre LNG Project is located approximately 7 km west-southwest of Squamish, British Columbia. It involves the construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the previous Woodfibre pulp mill site, which would have a storage capacity of 250,000 m3 and would produce approximately 2.1 million tonnes per year of LNG. Woodfibre LNG Limited is a privately held Canadian company based in Vancouver, and a subsidiary of Pacific Oil & Gas Limited, which is part of the Singapore-based RGE group of companies.
Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership
Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership is a construction company jointly owned by Nchu7mut Contracting LP and Carlson Construction Group. Its mission is to develop and build sustainable civil, marine and industrial infrastructure projects, providing opportunities for training, meaningful employment and economic development.
Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd.
Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd., based in North Vancouver, BC, is an award winning 100‐year‐old multi‐discipline construction company. Since its inception in 1913, Vancouver Pile Driving has extensively served the coastal marine industry and built many of the major marine facilities along the coastline and inland waters of British Columbia, Canada. Our culture is built around our people and their experience enabling us to lead in innovation, reputation, and safety. Vancouver Pile Driving has been a proud member of Carlson Construction Group since 1996. As a group we are Driven By Safety – To Be The Best.
Woodfibre LNG Media Line: 778-836-0499