The AltaGas propane export terminal is well under construction at its Ridley Island site. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

The AltaGas propane export terminal is well under construction at its Ridley Island site. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

AltaGas hires mostly local for construction of its propane terminal

More than 61 per cent of construction workforce for Ridley terminal is from North Coast contractors

The AltaGas propane terminal project on Ridley Island is in full swing with approximately 220 workers, and an average of 120 workers on site per day.

The project was expected to have a workforce of 200 to 250 during the construction phase and provide employment opportunities to people from the region.

“Over 61 percent of the construction workforce is made up of local contractors, community members and First Nations,” said Sandra Semple, spokesperson for AltaGas Ltd.

Construction work is focused on building the propane tank at the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal site. Semple said in an email that “AltaGas is using its self-perform model that it has successfully used to build other major energy infrastructure projects on time and on budget.” AltaGas is working with J. Phoenix, HYDUKE, GEA and Technodyne to build the tank.

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Crews are pouring the concrete for the outer wall of the propane tank, with the sixth of eight concrete pours completed and the final pour scheduled for near the end of 2017, Semple said, adding that work has begun on building the inner steel tank.

Some of the regional contractors include, Britco, United Rentals, Rupert Disposal, NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services, Storey’s, Equipment, Bandstra, Acklands-Grainger, Fuel (Site Equipment & Vehicles), Adventure Paving, Pacific Flagging, Leaverite Drilling & Blasting Ltd. Pacific Northwest Electric, NAPA, Tyee (Rona) Building Supplies, Home Hardware, NIS Northern Industrial Sales, Praxair, Prince Rupert Port Authority, Saanich Plumbing & Heating, Allen’s Scrap & Salvage Ltd., West Fraser Concrete Certified Welding, Kye Contracting Ltd.

Construction work is on track and the facility is expected to be in service by the first quarter of 2019.

 

shannon.lough@thenorthernview.com 

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