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Canadian LNG plant expansion boosts local employment

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FortisBC has announced that local workers and companies are benefiting from the expansion of its Tilbury LNG facility in Delta, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada. The CAN$400 million expansion will meet growing demand in the transportation industry for LNG as fuel.

In 2015, FortisBC has committed over CAN$50 million in local contracts, and is currently making use of over 100 companies in 10 different local communities. Of these 10 communities, Richmond and Delta have benefited the most. There are 32 Delta-based companies alone being utilised by FortisBC.

Jim Longo, the President of Ideal Welders Ltd (a Delta-based company working on the expansion project), said: “The downturn in the oil sands has hurt many companies across Canada.

“The FortisBC Tilbury LNG expansion is a good project; it’s keeping our shop in Delta busy and allowing our staff to work close to home and contribute to B.C.’s economy.”

The Mayor of Delta, Lois E. Jackson, added: “The FortisBC expansion project is creating well-paying job opportunities for people in Delta and contributing to the growth of our local economy.

It is helping to grow our skilled labour force and supports additional social and economic benefits in the community.”

Bechtel Canada Co. was used as the main project contractor. The Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) Construction/Matcon Civil Joint Venture (JV) was also used by FortisBC, and provides civil construction site services. Combined, the companies have approximately 95 full time staff working on the project, with 90% of that figure living locally. An additional 40 trade workers from Western Pacific Enterprises – the general contractor working on the electrical substation – were used.

Michael Mulcahy, the President and CEO of FortisBC, said: “From the beginning, we’ve strived to give local businesses and First Nations the opportunity to work on our Tilbury expansion project, including the early design and engineering phase, and now construction and civil work.

“Thanks to those early efforts to engage local suppliers, we have a significant number of B.C.-based companies pre-qualified and active on the project.”

Bechtel’s Project Manager, Roger Radabaugh, added: “We are actively working with local businesses and craft professionals to maximise their participation in this important energy project.

“We are looking forward to continued collaboration with FortisBC in delivering significant economic and employment benefits to the region.”

Premier Christy Clark said: “FortisBC is proving B.C.’s LNG industry not only has the potential to create opportunities for companies and workers across the province, but that in Delta, it’s already happening.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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