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REPORTING · 20th March 2015
Walter McFarlane
Rio Tinto Alcan held an open house on Thursday, March 12th at KVI which was well attended by the public. It was to discuss the Terminal A Extension project. Their previous open house had been led by the BC Environmental Assessment Office.

“We’re in the process of applying for an environmental permit to proceed with the project,” said Kevin Dobbin. He explained Rio Tinto Alcan was also explaining how the project was progressing.

Dobbin told us they have been doing baseline work as well as studies. Previously, they were talking to people about health, the environment and several issues for the project. Now, they are looking at the impacts and the effects.

“Once that’s complete, in the next week or two, we are going to submit our application to the environmental assessment office. It will be public, online. Then we’ll be officially in the public process to get the certificate,” said Dobbin.

He expected if they submit the reports within a few weeks of the open house, the permit will be complete in the 4th quarter of 2015. If they get their permit, they could start after this.

Dobbin told us this project is tied to the LNG Canada Project because building this terminal will allow them to take over the Eurocan Wharf and allow their project to proceed. The new terminal would extend 260 meters from the existing one. It is not expected to go in front of Alcan Beach. During the construction, the beach is expected to be closed down temporarily.

“There are no plans to close it permanently,” said Dobbin.

On the topic of the modernization, Dobbin told us it was going well. “We still have a peak of about 3400 people on site right now working on the project. We’re going to start transition soon which will be some of the projects closing out,” said Dobbin. “We’re starting to close out and we’ll soon start to see some de-mobilization of contractors from KMP and that will gradually happen over this year as first hot metal starts up.”

He said the project is 82% complete but the project is moving forward every day. Dobbin told us they still expect 1st hot metal in first half of 2015.