Ridley moves into second year of coal terminal expansion

Ridley Terminals, the operator of a coal export terminal along the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, said March 28 that it is making progress on a terminal expansion that will help meet the need for booming demand for coal on the Pacific Rim market.

The first year of this project included the installation of two dumper barrels in December 2011, which marked the first actualized capacity growth at the terminal since it was commissioned in 1983. The 2011 planned works wrapped up when Arctic Construction finished clearing 44 acres of additional lands for improvement.

The second year will involve site civil works, upgrades of the existing stacker/reclaimers, delivery of a third stacker/reclaimer, installation of additional conveyance, and installation and upgrade of nearly 14 kilometers of rail infrastructure. The site civil works project began in mid-March. Sandvik will be delivering the new stacker/reclaimer in November.

In 2013, construction will continue with the integration of new lands into the existing operation. In 2014, a new tandem rotary dumper and a new thaw shed will be added, doubling total terminal capacity from the initial 12 million tonnes per year. The expansion project is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2014.

Ridley Terminals owns and operates a world class bulk handling terminal in Prince Rupert, on the north coast of British Columbia. The terminal is serviced by the Canadian National, a Class 1 North American railroad. RTI provides an export point for metallurgical and thermal coal, petroleum coke, and is capable of handling other bulk commodities.

While the expansion is good news for Canadian coal producers, U.S. coal producers lately have also been using British Columbia terminals to get their coal, particularly out of the Powder River Basin, onto the growing Pacific Rim market. There is a scramble on, in the meantime, to build new coal export terminal capacity in Oregon and Washington state. But those U.S. projects are facing entrenched environmental opposition and it is an open question as to when any of them will be built.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.