Chevron looks ahead on plans for former Eurocan site in Kitimat

Chevron, with their plans for an LNG export terminal, held an open house recently to show what they have in mind for the old Eurocan site.

In a recent open house at the Riverlodge, representatives of Chevron displayed their plans for the former Eurocan Pulp and Paper Mill site.

As of right now the site is used for a small work camp of about 300 people, but with anticipated construction the camp could grow to 5,000.

Chevron, however, does have a demolition plan for the remaining buildings of the mill and Gillian Riddell with the company’s communications team says it will be a phased approach.

And it won’t be a total demolition. Some buildings, she said, will be kept longer if they’re useful to construction activities.

The demolition timeline could take up to five years before being fully complete.

The company will also remediate the on-site landfill and leachate ponds. Riddell says new treatment works will be installed “to treat landfill leachates to drinking water quality standards.”

The site will in general be a logistical and laydown area for construction at the Bish Cove terminal — Chevron says they now own that land outright — as well as the work camp. The company has no firm plans as to what to do with the site once construction is completed.

As for another major Kitimat LNG related project, the Clio Bay Restoration Project is aiming for a Fall 2014 start date. This is the project that would see marine clay dumped in Clio Bay opposite Bish Cove, which is expected to improve the health of the bay’s floor.

The later timeframe for that project, said Riddell, is to allow a transitional few months for their new engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor JGC-Fluor to take on the projects and they will be in charge of carrying out the Clio Bay project.

They do not yet have a permit for that particular work but she said discussions with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans indicates the permit is being finalized right now.