Construction of Emergency Generator Systems - Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt

The Department of National Defence (DND) has proposed a project which will involve the construction of emergency generator systems for the Colwood Fuel Oil Depot and the Colwood Warehouse Facility. Neither facility currently has any backup power supply. The Fuel Depot is a largely automated facility with computer controlled equipment that allows ships to be fueled safely and in a timely manner. The Warehouse is fitted with electronically controlled, automated rack storage systems. In order for both of these facilities to remain operational during a power outage an emergency generation system is required. The intent is to supply two generators including one new 350 kilowatt generator and one new 1200 kilowatt generator. Both generators will be outfitted with above ground fuel tanks that will require Product Transfer Areas. The approximate size of fuel tanks will be 2500 litres and 10,000 litres.

Latest update

September 7, 2022 – The public comment period on the project is closed. The Department of National Defence is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination - August 18, 2022


Becky MacInnis
Department of National Defence
Becky MacInnis, Environment Officer / MARPAC Formation Safety and Environment
Formation Safety and Environment, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt
PO Box 17000 Stn Forces
Victoria, British Columbia V9A 7N2

  • Location

    • Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
    • Defense and Security
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Department of National Defence
  • Authorities

    • Department of National Defence
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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