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 a Marine Terminal and Fuel Receiving Facility on the South Arm of the Fraser River and a 13-kilometre underground pipeline to YVR. The system will meet the fuel requirements of the airlines and airport for the next 60 to 100 years, and be constructed to modern building, seismic, fire, and environmental codes to achieve the highest level of safety and reliability.
The project is needed because the existing delivery system it will replace is unsustainable. It consists of deliveries to YVR through a 45-year-old, 40-km pipeline from Burnaby through Richmond, supplemented by about 1,000 tanker truck deliveries each month from Washington State. Any growth in fuel demand at YVR will depend on more cross-border fuel truck shipments. For example, one new daily flight from Asia would require an additional 800 tanker truck deliveries a year.
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. The project will have a smaller environmental footprint than the existing fuel delivery system. The project's spill prevention and response strategies for the Fraser River are robust and go well beyond industry standards and best practices, and will enhance the response capability on the Fraser River to the benefit of all other users on the river. It will also eliminate all tanker truck deliveries.
VAFFC received environmental approval in December 2013 from the provincial and federal governments following more than a decade of comprehensive planning, research, review and consultation, including seven open houses and more than 80 meetings with stakeholders.
Construction of the new system is expected to be completed by spring 2018.
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