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Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC), a consortium owned by most of the major airlines serving Vancouver International Airport (YVR), is building an aviation fuel delivery system to serve YVR. The new delivery system includes:
The system will meet the future fuel requirements of the airlines and airport for the foreseeable future.
The project is being constructed using the latest building, seismic, fire, and environmental codes and industry practices to achieve the highest levels of safety and reliability. With 100% of YVR’s fuel requirements delivered through the new system, the project will have a smaller environmental footprint than the existing fuel delivery system.
The project will eliminate the more than 1,000 tanker truck deliveries currently travelling on Delta and Richmond streets and highways each month. Without the project, any growth in fuel demand at YVR will rely on supply from just two refineries and will require additional truck shipments, equivalent to 800 tanker truck deliveries annually for each new daily flight to Asia.
With a secure and long-term competitive fuel supply, the project will help ensure that YVR remains a key economic generator and critical part of British Columbia’s role as Canada’s Pacific Gateway.
In December 2013, following more than a decade of comprehensive planning, research, review and consultation by VAFFC, the project received an Environmental Assessment Certificate from the B.C. government and an Environmental Decision Statement from Port of Vancouver (acting on behalf of the federal government), allowing the project to proceed to permitting.
The BC Environmental Assessment Office, which led the review, formed a Technical Working Group (TWG) to advise the EAO on issues related to the proposed project’s assessment and to help assess the adequacy of any proposed mitigation measures.
The TWG for this assessment included:
Since 2009, VAFFC has undertaken extensive consultation, including hosting 11 information sessions with approximately 775 people attending, consulting and addressing concerns of 12 First Nations, responding to more than 1,200 public comments, and conducting more than 100 federal, provincial, and municipal stakeholder meetings.
The most recent sessions were in 2015 and 2016.
Project Fact Sheets
Fraser River Tanker Risk Study
In 2012, an independent Fraser River Tanker Traffic Study commissioned by Port Metro Vancouver was released. It made recommendations and concluded that aviation fuel can be transported safely on the river.
Evaluation of Third Party Options Review
In 2011, VAFFC contracted Golder Associates and Ausenco-Sandwell, both well respected firms with marine and environmental engineering experience, to undertake an independent and transparent comparative analysis of four main options to deliver jet fuel to YVR. The analysis was undertaken to address concerns raised primarily by the City of Richmond regarding the original analysis conducted by VAFFC.
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