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Sukwi7 selected as contractor for Woodfibre LNG site cleanup

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Woodfibre LNG Ltd has announced that Sukwi7 Contracting Ltd Partnership has been selected as the contractor for cleanup activities of the LNG project site.

Sukwi7 is responsible for removing old pulp mill structures and infrastructure along the foreshore of the former Woodfibre pulp mill site near Squamish, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada.

The cleanup and demolition work is being carried out by both Sukwi7 and its subcontractor Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd. The work commenced on 7 August 2018, and will continue for approximately six months. It will result in the direct employment of 25 people at the Woodfibre site. Woodfibre claims that the cleanup will include the removal of the following:

  • Old timber wharf.
  • Hog fuel unloading dock.
  • Deep-sea berth and warehouse.
  • Ferry berth.
  • Miscellaneous creosote-treated piles (3000+), mooring dolphins, steel frames and can buoys.
  • Abandoned rail care barge ramp.
  • Mill equipment support structure.
  • Bridge at the mouth of Mill Creek.
  • Asbestos-containing materials from various structures on the project site.

The cleanup is part of Woodfibre’s commitment to the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to remove old infrastructure from the areas Woodfibre LNG leases from the ministry that are not required for operation and maintenance of the Woodfibre property.

According to the statement, this work is a continuation of the cleanup effort that commenced in March last year. In 2017, workers removed industrial debris, such as storage tanks and other abandoned equipment, from the site for safe disposal.

Byng Giraud, Country Manager & VP Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG Ltd, said: “This latest cleanup work at the Woodfibre LNG site means thousands of creosote-treated piles will be cut or removed entirely from the waters of Howe Sound. The work also reinforces the benefits of re-using old industrial sites as these sites have to be brought up to and maintained at the industrial standards of today. Plus, we’re continuing to build momentum as we work towards the start of construction of the Woodfibre LNG Project.”

Wayne Saunders, Director of Sukwi7 Contracting Ltd Partnership, added: “The Woodfibre pulp mill site was originally known as Swiy’a’at by the peoples of the Skwxwú7mesh or Squamish Nation. Sukwi7 Contracting is very pleased to be working with Woodfibre LNG on this very important project that will clean up the foreshore and marine habitat of the old pulp mill site, located in the waters of Howe Sound and the traditional territory of the Squamish Nation.”

Steve Hunt, President of Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd, said: “We are proud to be working with Sukwi7, partners of the Squamish Nation, to undertake this important remediation project in Howe Sound. This work will improve the environment at a historical industrial waterfront site and pave the way for future development.”

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