Prince Rupert, British Columbia – (March 20, 2019): Wolverine Terminals ULC (Wolverine) today announced it has moved one step further in the regulatory review process for its proposed Prince Rupert Marine Fuels (the Project) with a recent environmental determination by the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) and Transport Canada.
PRPA and Transport Canada on March 14 issued a Notice of Determination, in which it is noted that, “in accordance with the requirements of Section 67 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, that the Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects within the meaning of CEAA 2012.”
Wolverine is proposing to construct and operate a marine refueling service near the Westview Terminal at the Port of Prince Rupert. The Project will be located on lands leased from PRPA and requires authority to operate from Transport Canada.
As part of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) determination, Wolverine is required to comply with Supplemental Conditions (as identified in the Notice of Determination) and with the mitigation measures contained in the Environmental Effects Evaluation (EEE) submitted by Wolverine on May 7, 2018.
PRPA and Transport Canada made their determination after reviewing:
- a description of the Project;
- Wolverine’s EEE;
- results of the consultation conducted by Wolverine and federal authorities;
- all comments received on the Project; and
- Wolverine’s responses to those public comments
“We are very pleased with the Prince Rupert Port Authority and Transport Canada determination and look forward to the next steps in the process, which will include execution of a lease with the Port Authority, implementation of the relevant conditions and mitigation measures and, ultimately, full regulatory approval to build and operate the terminal,” said Serge Bisson, President, Wolverine Terminals ULC.
Prince Rupert does not currently offer marine fuelling services for cargo vessels. The introduction of marine fuelling operations provides the Port with another strategic advantage and would mean a decrease in overall environmental impact through the local availability of low-sulfur fuel and a reduction of vessels routing south for bunkering.
“As a full-service port, Prince Rupert can optimize its strategic advantages as the closest North American port to Asia with the deepest natural harbour on the continent and direct access to a rail network with connections across North America,” Bisson said. “With this proposed terminal service, we’re supporting economic prosperity in the region for the foreseeable future.”
Wolverine forecasts the marine refuelling service being operational in mid-2020.
Wolverine will continue to engage stakeholders as it works to comply with the conditions and measures identified by PRPA and Transport Canada.
About Wolverine Terminals
Wolverine Terminals ULC is a Calgary, Alberta-based company focused on the safe and efficient development of energy-related marine terminals at key ports in Canada and the U.S. Wolverine’s experienced team has the resources and a strong track record of building and operating safe, environmentally responsible and successful energy service businesses.