Rio Tinto and LNG Canada have opened a newly extended wharf that will increase the capacity of Rio Tinto’s port facilities in Kitimat and support economic diversification in Northern British Columbia. The new wharf was built for Rio Tinto at its existing Terminal A facility by LNG Canada. It will replace a wharf and land leased to LNG Canada in 2018 for use to start exporting liquefied natural gas to overseas customers.
Rio Tinto will use the new wharf for imports of alumina, anodes and other supplies for its operations, and exports of low-carbon aluminium made at its BC Works smelter. The first ship, BF Caloosa, was berthed on 6 December at the wharf, which can now accommodate larger vessels ranging between 200 and 250 metres in length. Contractors from the Haisla, Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations contributed to the completion of the project by providing a variety of services, including IT support, marine transport, industrial construction and security services.