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Pembina plans $20M dock repairs on Watson Island

The project intends to make improvements to the wharf and trestle

The City of Prince Rupert has approved a building permit for Pembina Pipeline for the purposes of “rehabilitation and repairs to an existing wharf and trestle.”

The project is valued at $20 million. The new site is part of Pembina’s much larger plan to build a propane export terminal on Watson Island.

“This work is being conducted to upgrade the existing wharf and on Watson Island to enable the loading of propane when Pembina’s small-scale propane facility becomes operational,” said Veronika Stewart, communications manager at city hall.

READ MORE: Pembina to begin construction on Watson Island

Pembina’s site on the island will be used as a storage and transportation facility for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

The original projected costs for the entire project was estimated at $250 million however, unforeseen renovations has increased that amount to $270 million.

“The repairs to the dock were always contemplated as part of the development of the project. The dock repairs do not result in a $20M increase to the capital budget. Also, it is important to note that a substantial portion of the marine repair work will be completed by local and First Nation contractors,” said Brad Kohlsmith, vice president, NGL Services, in an email.

READ MORE: Pembina approves next phase in its pipeline expansion

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In the initial online posting on May 21, we stated that the dock repairs had increased the budget by $20 million, however, although the project’s expected costs increased due to unforseen renovations, it wasn’t due to the dock, according to Pembina Pipeline Corporation. We apologize for the error.

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