AGT Community Letter – March 16, 2017
Notice of Upcoming Construction
Alliance Grain Terminal Ltd. (AGT) has received a project permit (PP 2015-053) from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to deconstruct our existing shipping gallery and construct a new gallery at 1155 Stewart Street in Vancouver.
AGT is an export grain terminal on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet in the Port of Vancouver. The AGT terminal is owned and operated by a group of family and farmer-owned Canadian grain companies. AGT’s operations include unloading grain from rail cars and then loading the grain onto ocean vessels, destined to customers around the world.
AGT’s existing shiploading infrastructure was constructed in the early 1950s and is nearing the end of its service life. AGT is therefore replacing the existing infrastructure with new shiploading infrastructure that will be more efficient and environmentally friendly. AGT’s dock will also be reinforced to support the new structure.
Our primary objective in undertaking this project is to ensure that AGT can continue to supply an essential service to Canadian farmers in a sustainable and efficient manner while at the same time reducing the terminal’s air and noise emissions.
AGT is committed to operating in a manner that minimizes impacts on the environment and surrounding area. The project design incorporates environmental protection and mitigation measures to ensure that environmental impacts can be minimized. A map showing the location of the project is enclosed.
Phases of Work
The first phase of construction will be to upgrade the foundation of the dock. New piles will be installed both on-land and off-shore. The caissons (foundations above existing pier structure) will also be reinforced. This phase of work is scheduled to occur between March 30, 2017 and October 30, 2017. AGT will continue to operate during this phase of construction, although there will be periods of time when operations will be reduced in order to accommodate construction.
The second phase of construction is to deconstruct the existing shipping gallery and install the new shipping gallery and shiploader. The new shipping gallery and shiploader will be preassembled at AGT’s premises, prior to installation on the dock. This phase of work is scheduled to begin with pre-assembly work in August of 2017 and will be completed by August 31, 2018. AGT will continue to operate during this phase of construction, with the exception of a period from approximately mid-June to mid-August 2018, when operations will be shut down in order to allow for the final installation of the new shipping gallery and shiploader.
Hours of Work
All general construction and physical activities related to the project will be conducted during Monday to Saturday between the hours of 7:00am to 8:00pm. No construction or physical activities will occur during Sundays or holidays. These hours will only be modified with the prior approval of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and you will be notified in advance of any approved modification to these hours.
Potential Impacts and Mitigations
We anticipate potential construction impacts on the community to be minimal with no excessive traffic, noise, or light resulting from the works. The majority of construction materials will be delivered via barge, with the removal of the old shipping gallery also via barge, greatly reducing any potential traffic impact. Noise and lighting impacts are also expected to be nominal as the areas where construction activities will occur are physically blocked from neighbouring streets and buildings by the AGT terminal. In general, we do not anticipate any negative impact on the community during construction; however, any issues that may arise will be dealt with in a prompt manner.
The piles will be installed using a vibratory hammer and then advanced into bedrock using an internal drill system, which utilizes a drill and downhole hammer. It is important to note that any impact driving planned for the pile installation will only be used to set each pile at the end of the process. Given that this activity would occur inside a temporary frame, any pulsive noise generated is anticipated to be reduced in magnitude.