Coal water treatment plant upgrades - Neptune Terminal

The proposed project

Neptune Bulk Terminals Ltd. (the Applicant) is proposing to upgrade the coal water treatment system located at their terminal. The system treats a mixture of stormwater runoff and any process water that contacts coal product from the coal handling parts only on the site. The new system will include coagulation, flocculation, clarification, and the use of a centrifuge for dewatering solids. The upgrades will meet existing quality and quantity objectives under the current discharge permit. The proposed project will not result in any change to the existing coal water treatment systems permitted discharge capacity, which is 12,000 cubic metres per day. The existing treatment system will remain in place and will continue to be used. The new facility will be located within the southern coal yard (northeast area of the terminal) and will be approximately 1,775 square metres in size.

The Project consists of: a retaining wall; round improvements including 610 mm steel piles or vibro replacement columns located under the wall, buildings, and tank infrastructure; New and relocated utilities for the treatment plant such as water, storm and electrical; a new chemical building and a dewatering building housing two centrifuges; a coagulation tank, on concrete slab; and a dewatering system.


Latest update

End of public comment period 

The public comment period on the project is closed. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority 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 Coal water treatment plant upgrades - Neptune Terminal - April 26, 2024


Project and Environmental Review
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3T4

  • Location

    • Coal water treatment plant upgrades - Neptune Terminal (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Water Management
    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Neptune Bulk Terminals Ltd.
  • Authorities

    • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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