CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (April 19, 2016)
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (January 12, 2016)
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (November 12, 2015)
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (October 21, 2015)
PCT undertook a significant amount of pile-driving throughout the summer months, installing 550 individual piles, which the company believed was the total amount of piling that was necessary.
Unfortunately, the construction team has identified challenges in the ground conditions in the area where excavation is taking place for a new railcar unloading building. Specifically, this area is located on the PCT property, adjacent to the rail line and to the Barnet Highway.
Thirty (30) individual piles will need to be installed. It is anticipated that it will take between 10 and 15 days to complete this work. It is anticipated that piling will begin October 21st and continue for up to 2-3 weeks.
PCT is acutely aware of community sensitivity to noise emitting from its terminal. Accordingly, the necessary pile-driving will be taking place between 7am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. The timing, and decibel levels of noise, will be in compliance with the City of Port Moody bylaws.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (August 27)
PCT is pleased to note that our maintenance shut-down period has ended as planned on August 24th.
The terminal will now revert to its earlier construction schedule of working between 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. This work continues to meet the City noise bylaw requirements.
Construction is on schedule and it is planned for pile-driving for the potash warehouse will be completed on Friday, September 4th. If challenges arise over the next week, there may be a few more days needed the following week.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (July 13 to August 24, 2015)
PCT wishes to advise our neighbours that we will be performing additional construction work over the summer months.
The terminal’s normal operations will be shut-down for our annual maintenance projects and during this period, additional construction activities, above and beyond what is currently taking place, will be undertaken.
Specifically, activities will be focused on the development of our new potash unloading facility. Excavation for underground conveyor tunnels and related pile installation will result in noise that may be heard within the community.
These activities will be restricted to daytime hours and will meet the City noise bylaw requirements. During this specific period, activities will take place between 7:00am and 8:00pm, Monday through Saturday. We can confirm that the pile-driving that has been taking place will not occur after 5:30pm or on Saturdays.
PCT will do everything possible to perform the work quickly as possible. We wish to apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause our neighbours. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us either by phone or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (June):
As notified in the last issue of PCT’s Channels newsletter, we have begun construction work at the terminal.
In May, soil preparation for construction began. This involved a few weeks of improving the soil conditions by vibrating stones into the ground.
Currently, construction is focused on the foundation work for the storage building site. Residents are noticing that steel piles are being installed on the property’s waterfront.
In order to minimize the noise impact on residents, PCT has worked with our contractor to perform the majority of the piling using a vibratory method. The steel piles are being initially installed using this method which is much quieter than traditional impact-based pile driving. However the impact-based pile driving is required to finish the installation of each individual steel pile into its final set position. We understand the inconvenience to residents of having this noise emitting from our terminal.
Piling work is being done in compliance with the City of Port Moody’s noise bylaw, with work being undertaken between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
PCT is attempting to complete the work in as timely a manner as possible. However, residents should continue to expect pile driving noise during construction work hours through to September.
The foundation for the storage building is anticipated to be the phase of our construction that will have the most noise impact on residents, due to the piling.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (May) : As of May 11, 2015 intermittent pile-driving will be taking place along the PCT foreshore. The pile-driving will occur between 7am and 5pm, during the Monday-Friday work week, for approximately two weeks.
EXPANSION UPDATE: On March 12, 2015 PCT received permit approval from Port Metro Vancouver for development of a potash handling system at our facility.
Over the past few years, Canadian supplies of sulphur have been diminishing. To continue to support our business and in turn, the Port Moody community, PCT has been exploring a number of alternative commodities including potash and food-grade canola oil.
Both commodities align with our current terminal operations and will not require a fundamental change to our operations. We will continue to use the same on-site technology that is currently being used to handle ethylene glycol and sulphur. In addition, PCT has a history with potash: we handled the commodity between 1965 and 1971.
To handle these new products, our facility will require a few modifications, including the construction of a potash storage shed and additional liquid storage tanks. The facilities will be located beside our existing sulphur piles on the east side of our property. Modifications to existing terminal infrastructure will include upgrades to our water treatment facilities and shiploading equipment.
When investigating alternative commodities, our primary goal was to find an option that would work within our existing systems and award-winning environmental and safety policies. Both potash and canola oil allow us to continue to use our state-of-the-art operational systems and processes that have drastically reduced air emissions and improved the marine ecosystems and habitat surrounding the terminal.
PCT is committed to maintaining our relationship with the community – ensuring that our residents are kept informed of changes that are taking place at our facility is our top priority.