About Fraser Grain Terminal
Fraser Grain Terminal Ltd. is a joint venture between Parrish and Heimbecker, Limited and GrainsConnect Canada Operations Inc.
P&H is a Canadian, family owned agri-business, with roots in the agriculture industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1909, P&H is growth-oriented, diversified and vertically-integrated with operations that include grain trading, handling and merchandising, as well as crop inputs, flour milling and feed mills. With 60+ locations from coast to coast and trade links around the globe, P&H leverages a well-established network of assets, strong business relationships with customers and suppliers, and ongoing infrastructure development to support Canadian agricultural producers.
GrainsConnect Canada Operations, Inc. is a joint venture between GrainCorp, a leading Australian agribusiness, and Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, a subsidiary of major Japanese agricultural cooperative Zen-Noh (National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations). Incorporated in 2015, GrainsConnect operates four new, high-capacity grain terminals in Maymont and Reford, Saskatchewan as well as in Vegreville and Huxley, Alberta. GrainsConnect offers competitive pricing, game-changing efficiency and access to global demand.
About The Project
We recently received a project permit (PER # 15-041) from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to construct a grain export facility at 11041 Elevator Road adjacent to Fraser Surrey Docks on port authority land in Surrey, B.C. The new facility will be used to ship bulk grain products including wheat, barley, oil seeds, pulses and other specialty grains.
The throughput for this proposed Project is 3.5 million tonnes per annum (Mt/a) bringing the total capacity for the terminal to 4 Mt/a with the 0.5Mt/a from the existing joint venture grain facility currently operating at the site. The facility will receive grains by rail then transfer the agri-products to storage silos with some product loaded directly to vessels. From the storage silos, most of the grain will be loaded onto cargo ships with the remaining product transferred into containers, rail cars or trucks. The terminal will load approximately 80 bulk vessels per year (approx. 1-3 vessels per week), including Panamax, Supramax and Handy-size vessels. While most vessels will be fully loaded at the Fraser Grain Terminal facility, larger class Panamax vessels will be loaded to the maximum capacity according to guidelines for the river draft (depth) and may be topped up at a deepwater terminal. Containers for export will be trucked to container terminals, like Deltaport. A small amount of product will be destined for distribution to customers in the Fraser Valley via rail and trucking.
The new facility and shiploaders will have a modern design that minimizes noise and dust from grain handling operations and will replace an aging and obsolete manufacturing warehouse on vacant port land that has not been used for more than two years.
Construction on the site will include:
- Rail unloading station
- Transfer system comprising one transfer tower and fully enclosed above-ground conveying equipment with a built-in dust suppression system
- 25 above-ground steel storage silos (20 x 3,500 t, 4 x 400 t and 1 x 710 t)
- Three shiploaders with choke fed or cascading type telescopic spouts to reduce dust during vessel loading, replacing the existing ship loader fitted with older technology
- Semi-loop rail track
- Realignment of an existing rail track
- Extension to three existing rail holding tracks in an area to the north east of the main grain facility site to reduce shunting during unloading
- Construction of an integrated truck and railcar loading facility and container loading facility with associated container storage yard
- Construction of ancillary buildings – administration building, maintenance shop, and electrical rooms.
- Construction of a new vehicle access road between the facility site and Robson Road.
Our Project will support Canadian farmers, increase efficiency in grain exports and build strong business relationships with customers around the world. Since 2014, exports of grain and specialty crops have increased with China and India becoming increasingly important destinations for Canadian products. This Project will help address two major constraints in getting Canadian grain to overseas customers today – limited western Canada rail capacity, and a shortage of port industrial land for grain handling.
Metro Vancouver Air Quality Permit Application: Activities associated with operations at our facility will produce air emissions, so we are required to apply for an air quality permit from Metro Vancouver. We submitted our permit application in June 2020 and received our Environmental Protection notice in July 2020.
As part of the review of our permit application, we invite you to provide feedback to Metro Vancouver.
- To provide comments and for more information about this application visit the Metro Vancouver permitting page
- Or email your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Metro Vancouver objectives are health-based guidelines that are consistent in most jurisdictions in North America. More information about air quality permitting is available on the Metro Vancouver website:
Permit Amendment: In May 2019, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority approved a permit amendment (PER # 15-041-1) for the Fraser Grain Terminal Project. The amendment adds the construction of a new vehicle access road to the project scope. The access road had previously been reviewed and approved by the port authority in a separate project. This new scope includes ground preparation activities, vegetation clearing, grading, installing a storm water drainage system and paving works. Fraser Grain Terminal anticipates the access road will be operational by summer 2019 and will improve the movement of deliveries into and out of the Project site during construction and operation of the facility.
Construction: Work commenced at the Project site in December 2018. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority approved the project permit application (PER # 15-041) for this construction work, on 9 November 2018. The target for completion of this work is December 2020.
What to expect
August 2020 Updates
Rammed Aggregate Piers (RAP) – noisy work
- Upcoming noisy work associated with RAP installation (stone columns) is scheduled to commence on 5 September and will take approximately two weeks to complete. Stone column work is a method of ground densification that uses vibration to compact aggregate materials within the ground.
- Hours of work for construction activities will be consistent with the port authority’s approved hours of construction: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday (excluding statutory holidays).
- A temporary increase in noise and dust levels around the Project site is anticipated during construction. Dust-generating activities will be limited during dry conditions and periods of high wind.
- Neighbours may hear construction noise typically associated with this type of work including pile driving for ground improvement activities. RAPs will be installed using vibratory rather than hammer methods to minimize noise levels as much as possible.
- Traffic effects are anticipated to be minimal during these construction activities.
Commissioning work – extended hours
- To prepare the facility for operations, we have received approval to conduct commissioning related work 24-hours, seven days a week. Extended hours will be in place for approximately 3 months, from 5 September 2020 to 31 October 2020.
- Commissioning work will primarily involve rail unloading and bin filling to settle the main foundation and prepare the facility for operations.
- These activities will be consistent with expected facility operations, with the addition of some minor construction activities to support commissioning.
- Construction activities (if necessary) will be limited to minor equipment adjustments and/or repairs.
- Temporary construction lighting will be directed to the immediate work area to maintain a safe working environment.
- Noise from these activities will be consistent with current 24-hour noise levels observed at adjacent facilities.
Shiploader Installation – extended hours
- Extended hours will be in place for approximately 30 consecutive days within the period from 14 September 2020 to 14 December 2020.
- International shipping timelines fluctuate, so this shipping window is the most accurate estimate of scheduling that can be provided at this time.
- During this 30-day construction period, shiploader unloading and installation activities will occur 24-hours, seven days a week.
- The shiploader will arrive via marine vessel and will be offloaded and installed directly from the vessel. The work site will be contained to the delivery vessel and shiploader berth area. The Project has completed all preparation activities for the shiploader installation.
- Installation activities include electrical work, steel construction, crane lifts, and use of power tools and equipment.
- Temporary construction lighting will be directed to the immediate work area to maintain a safe working environment. Adjacent properties may experience a slight increase in light.
Electrical Work – Sunday work
- Electrical works will take place on Sundays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from 22 September 2020 to 21 March 2021.
- The schedule for these electrical works, required for cable tray installation, will allow crews to complete this work while no other activities occur on site.
- Crews will use hand tools to complete electrical works at ground level.
- Small transport vehicles such as trucks and lifts will be used to transport materials on the site. These vehicles will be used as little as possible and their engines will be turned off when not in use.
- The extension does not include other construction activities, which will continue to take place during the port authority’s regular hours of construction.
Sunday Work on Robson Road
Crews will be conducting work activities on Sundays near the intersection of Elevator Road and Robson Road. These extended hours will be in place for approximately 3 months from 23 August 2020 to 11 October 2020.
- Work includes activities associated with installing a concrete utility protection slab on the rail bed near Robson Road. Limited crews will be working to complete the following activities:
- Installing formwork and placing rebar using hand tools
- Concrete deliveries and placement
- Noise from these activities will be consistent with current daytime noise levels at the Project site
- Traffic access via Robson Road will be maintained in both directions and traffic personnel will be in place to direct traffic as needed.
January 2020 Update
Crews will be working outside of regular working hours on Robson Road to install a rail crossing from 4:00 pm Friday 31 January to 5:00 am Monday 3 February 2020.
- Local traffic travelling to Elevator Road via Robson Road will be detoured to a temporary single lane rail crossing for the duration of this work.
- Access for passenger vehicles and emergency responders will be maintained.
- Weekend work has been scheduled to minimize disruption for local businesses.
- Activities include asphalt cutting, removal and replacement, and installation of railroad ties, ballast and crossing panel.
- Noise from this activity is anticipated to be consistent with daytime noise levels. To reduce noise, equipment will be turned off when not in use.
- Lighting required for this work will be directed towards the work site and away from the residential area.
October 2019 Update
Temporary road works are extended for one month due to material delays and poor weather conditions on scheduled concrete pour days in September. Crews will continue working in and around a section of Robson Road, near the intersection of Elevator Road. Activities include installing concrete slabs for utility protection and associated road works. Estimated completion date for temporary road works is mid-December 2019.
August 2019 Update
Temporary Road Works on Robson Road
For the remainder of the summer and into fall 2019, crews will be working in and around a section of Robson Road, near the intersection of Elevator Road. Activities include installing concrete slabs for utility protection and associated road works.
- 3 September – 4 November 2019: Installation of concrete slabs in limited areas of Robson Road near Elevator Road. Temporary lane relocations will be in effect for a small section of Robson Road. Single lane traffic in both directions will be maintained and traffic control personnel will be in place to direct traffic as needed.
- This work will be completed during the port authority’s approved hours of construction: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday (excluding statutory holidays).
- Nearby businesses may experience increased personnel, equipment and traffic in the area as crews complete this work.
- Nearby businesses may notice a slight increase in noise and dust consistent with these types of construction activities.
Extended Hours – Sunday Electrical Work
Our crews have received approval to conduct work activities on Sundays during the daytime hours. These electrical works required for cable tray installation will allow crews to complete this work while no other activities occur on site.
- Electrical works will take place on Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from 25 August 2019 to 23 February 2020.
- Noise from these activities is not expected to exceed existing noise levels in the area. Limited crew members will be on site working at this time.
- Crews will use hand tools to install the cable tray and complete electrical works at ground level. Noise from these activities is not expected to exceed the existing noise in the area. Limited crews will be working at this time.
- The extension does not include other construction activities, which will continue to take place during port authority’s regular hours of construction.
Marine Piling Work
Starting 16 September 2019 and continuing until February 2020, crews will be completing marine work consisting of installing steel pipe piles and concrete pile caps for marine foundations.
- Nearby businesses and residents may experience a temporary increase in noise levels.
- Steel pipe piles will be installed in small groups intermittently with weeks in between sets.
- These activities will occur during the port authority’s approved hours of construction: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday (excluding statutory holidays).
- Adjacent neighbours may also notice an increase in traffic on roads near the Project site through February 2020 as deliveries for this work occurs. All trucks accessing and exiting the site will use designated truck routes and use site access roads.
March 2019 Update
Starting 8 April and continuing until October 2019, we will be conducting intermittent noisy work assembling steel grain bins. Nearby businesses and residents may experience an increase in the noise of air tools which will be used to bolt the bins together. Our goal is to minimize disruption as much as possible and conduct activities during the port authority’s approved hours of construction: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday (excluding statutory holidays).
From April to July 2019, nearby businesses may experience an increase in traffic on the local roads:
- Trucks transporting concrete, gravel and construction materials will access the Project site
- All trucks accessing and exiting the site will use designated truck routes
January 2019 Update
Activities taking place over the next four months include:
- Pile driving – this work is required to construct the foundations for the terminal. The first phase of this work is scheduled to commence on February 11, for approximately one week. The second phase is scheduled to commence in late February and will take approximately three weeks to complete.
- Sheet piling – this activity uses vibration to secure a ground-retaining structure. This work is scheduled to commence in early February and will take approximately three months to complete.
- Stone columns – this is a method of ground densification that uses vibration to compact aggregate materials within the ground. This work is scheduled to commence in early February and will take approximately four months to complete.
- Concrete pouring, general earthworks, site grading, utilities removal and installation will continue with material deliveries starting at the end of February.
Hours of work for construction activities will be consistent with the port authority’s approved hours of construction: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday (excluding statutory holidays). Any work outside of regular hours would require prior approval from the port authority and notifications would be conducted as per port authority requirements.
A temporary increase in noise and dust levels around the Project site is anticipated during construction, and our goal is to help minimize disruption as much as possible by using industry best practices. Neighbours may hear construction noise typically associated with this type of work including pavement and concrete removal, excavation, pile driving for the new building foundations, steel bin construction and steel welding.
Initial work on the site will include installing a perimeter fence followed by concrete slab and utility removal for the remainder of 2018 and into early 2019. Installation of new underground utilities will also begin late 2018 and into the first quarter of 2019.
Access to the Project site will be from Highway 17, so no potential effects are anticipated on local municipal streets. Our Transportation Impact Assessment indicated that any traffic effects will be limited to the industrial lands near the Project site, where construction activities required for this Project may cause a slight increase in local traffic volumes. We will take all necessary steps to minimize any traffic impacts. We have developed a Construction Parking and Traffic Management Plan, which includes the following traffic management measures to minimize delays and congestion and maximize predictability for road users during construction:
- Maintain access to private properties throughout construction
- Maintain emergency access at all times
- Monitor traffic and respond to Project-related congestion in a timely manner
Keep in Touch
We are committed to keeping our neighbours informed about construction activities and responding in a timely manner to questions and concerns. Contact us by phone at 1-866-302-8872 and/or email at comments@FraserGrainTerminal.ca.
We send regular communications by email and we encourage you to add your name to the electronic mailing list to ensure you are receiving the most up to date information. Sign up for Project Updates to stay informed via email during the construction process.
Past Works at the Site
Demolition: A separate project permit (PER # 17-035) for demolition, dismantling and the removal of above grade portions of several vacant structures at 11041 Elevator Road was approved by the port authority in June 2017. These permitted works were completed in July, 2018.
As part of the Application Review process for our permit application (PER # 15-041), technical assessments were undertaken and the reports are available here on the Project website and on the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s website.
Assessments were conducted in the following areas:
- Air Quality – Assessment of predicted air quality effects considering estimated emissions from facility operations.
- Noise – Assessment of how the proposed development will affect noise levels experienced by the adjacent community.
- View and Shade – Assessment of the proposed Project’s effect on views or shading in the surrounding community and public areas.
- Traffic – Review of current and future site traffic, including anticipated truck and rail volumes, patterns and potential effects on local roads, access/egress, and parking needs.
- Lighting – Review of proposed exterior lighting including locations, types, orientation and level of illumination.
- Fish, Wildlife, Vegetation and Species-at-risk – Assessment of species and habitats that could be affected by Project activities and any proposed mitigation measures.
- Spill Prevention, Emergency Response, and Hazardous Materials Management – Spill prevention, containment and clean-up plan, including training responses and communications procedures, as well as spill tracking and reporting.
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention – The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan outlines the management of stormwater run off for daily terminal operations considering local climate, water capture and treatment systems.
Information is available about the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review Process, and technical guidelines for the above studies.
Fraser Grain Terminal will continue to work with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to ensure that community interests are considered during the construction of the Project. We are committed to delivering a sustainable project that meets or exceeds environmental and safety standards, and provides benefits for local residents and businesses.
Three public comment periods were conducted as part of our permit application (PER # 15-041):
- Preliminary Public Comment Period – 3 November to 1 December 2016
- Application Review Public Comment Period – 12 November to 12 December 2017
- Design Amendments Public Comment Period – 23 July to 13 August 2018
November 2018 – Construction Commencement Notification Letter
September 2018 – Design Amendments Consultation Summary Report
September 2018 – Design Amendments Input Consideration Report