This article was published by the National Energy Board on July 17, 2019.
Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal came into service May 2019. The first shipment of propane to leave from a Canadian port to Asian markets left on 23 May 2019. The 40 000 barrel per day (b/d) terminal is owned by Altagas and Royal Vopak, and opens a door for direct exports of Canadian propane to Asia and Latin America.
Ridley Island is the first of four propane export terminals proposed for Canada’s West Coast.
Pembina is currently building its 25 000 b/d Prince Rupert Export Terminal on Watson Island, which is expected to start exporting propane mid-2020. The other two terminals, a second 40 000 b/d terminal on Ridley Island proposed by Vopak Pacific Canada, and Pacific Traverse’s 46 000 b/d terminal at Kitimat, B.C., may come online in 2022 and 2023, respectively. Both projects are awaiting regulatory approvals and final investment decisions.
Canada has been exporting propane to Asia for five years through the United States. Petrogas owns a 35 000 b/d propane/butane marine export terminal in Ferndale, Washington which receives propane exported from Canada by rail for re-export to Asian and Latin American markets.