PCT Glycol Expansion (PER 21-131), 2300 Columbia St, Port Moody, BC V3H 5J9.

About the Project

An expansion of the glycol liquids unloading facility at Pacific Coast Terminals Co. Ltd. (PCT) is proposed to increase from the existing capacity of 800,000 metric tons (MT) to 1,250,000 metric tons. The expansion will be facilitated by reinstating two existing tracks in the liquids unloading area, which will allow up to 10 additional cars to be serviced from a central gangway. Five hundred meters of additional storage track will be built within the existing PCT rail yard to facilitate the spotting and temporary storage of railcars in a more efficient manner.

The project is proposed to be constructed within the existing glycol unloading area of PCT’s Port Moody terminal. This terminal is located on the west side of Port Moody at the end of Columbia Street, between the Barnet Highway and the Burrard Inlet.

Figure 1: Project Location

The expansion is not expected to increase the number of rail deliveries to the terminal as unit trains will typically bring additional cars each delivery. However, dependent on market conditions, calling vessel capacities and other factors, the number of glycol vessels calling at PCT may increase from the current annual average of 46 to between 48 to 65 vessels.

Historically, PCT has handled up to 82 glycol vessels per year.

Construction of the project is expected to start at the earliest in late December 2022 and is scheduled to complete in late summer 2023. Project activities and components include:

  • Re-instatement of two previously decommissioned unloading tracks north of the existing glycol unloading area, on the east side of the terminal
  • 500m of additional storage track and switches to facilitate the handling of longer unit train deliveries
  • Installation of a new gangway long enough to service up to 10 cars
    • Piling and structural steel associated with supporting the gangway
  • New unloading pumps (vacuum, main, jockey & heel) with new priming, surge and metering systems
    • Foundations and supports for the new equipment and piping
    • Refurbished spill containment berms and collection system
  • Piping to connect the new pumps to the existing glycol storage tanks (note: the project does not involve the construction of any new storage tanks)
  • Improved liquid and solid waste storage
  • Improvements to surface water drainage
    • Capture, pump and treat surface water in the liquids unloading area to protect adjacent marine environments.


    • Impact
      • Noise generated by the construction of the project will vary with the stage of construction.
    • Mitigation
      • It is PCT’s plan that construction activities will take place between 07:00 hours and 19:00 hours on Monday to Friday, or between 09:00 hours and 18:00 hours on Saturday as per the City of Port Moody BYLAW 1399. All reasonable efforts will be made to minimize the noise generated by construction activities
    • Impact
      • Trucks will be required to deliver equipment and materials as well as to remove demolished equipment and construction waste
      • Additional traffic will come from the contractor labour executing the work.
    • Mitigation
      • Truck movements will be flexible and planned to minimize traffic disruption by avoiding busy times of day.
      • Trucking at the site will be restricted to hours in accordance with local and port authority jurisdiction.
      • PCT is committed to executing this project as efficiently as possible, looking to minimize the number of deliveries to site and amount of material removed from site, as much as possible.
    • Impact
      • If used, artificial lighting could disturb the community
    • Mitigation
      • It is PCT’s objective to complete the work during daylight hours.
      • There will be no “after hours” construction activity and as a result, minimal need for incremental lighting during construction in the latter part of the day (i.e., it will be negligible).
    • Despite the anticipated increased vessel and rail traffic, an independent third-party noise study analyzing the post project operations, determined that “the proposed expansion is unlikely to result in any increase in total noise levels within the neighboring community”. A summary of this review can be found on the Vancouver Port Authority’s website, found here: VFPA PER project website

PCT has submitted a permit application for the project described above to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. The application is currently being reviewed under the Project and Environmental Review process and will be undergoing a 25 business day public engagement period, collecting feedback by email from June 24th to July 29th, 2022.

Following the close of the public comment period, PCT will consider this feedback in the development of the project before preparing a report that summarizes the comments collected during the public engagement process. This report will be posted online.

Contact information

To provide feedback on Applicant’s proposed project, please contact PCT by email at GlycolProject@pct.ca

For questions about the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project, please contact the port authority at PER@portvancouver.com or 604.665.9047.

For further information:

VFPA PER project website

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