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Dec 11, 2019

Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal

Delivering Clean Energy to Asia and Building Social and Economic Value at Home

Global environmental concerns over GHG emissions have resulted in higher demand for low-emission fuels. Propane —one of the most versatile, cost-effective and safe fuel sources — is a clean alternative to more emission-intense sources such as diesel and coal.

Our Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET) demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the environment, safety and partnerships with our stakeholders. The terminal connects low-carbon Canadian energy to global markets, providing them with greater energy security and diversification of supply. Located near Prince Rupert on the coast of British Columbia, RIPET was commissioned in May 2019. The facility currently operates at approximately 40,000 barrels of propane per day (bbls/d) but can achieve almost double this throughput with minimal capital investment.

The facility was built in collaboration with numerous stakeholders including the Prince Rupert Port Authority, local and regional Indigenous Peoples, surrounding communities and our customers in Asia.

Delivering More

RIPET is the cornerstone asset of our Midstream division. Hear from our community partners and leadership team how RIPET is delivering value for Canada and our customers abroad.

Quick Facts

1.2M tonnes per year capacity
40K bbls/d of export capacity
50 - 60 railcars offloaded per day on average
20 - 30 cargos of propane delivered per year to market
10 day shipping time to Asia
~250 construction jobs and ~40 permanent jobs created

World-Class Facility

RIPET was designed for efficiency and minimal environmental impact. Not only was it built to save energy through state-of-the-art engineering, it also reduces GHG emissions by using a by-product of the gas blend in the incoming stream. Instead of flaring off excess ethane, RIPET uses it for a source of efficient, clean energy.

Energy Affordability and Efficiency

Northeast B.C. Export Strategy

Our comprehensive offering provides producers with value-added services and a uniquely complete solution for their natural gas. We have a significant presence in British Columbia through our continued investment in natural gas infrastructure, and the development of a western energy hub in the northeast region of the province. Our capabilities include gas gathering and processing, liquids handling and fractionation, and the export of propane to premium-priced global markets.

This integrated value-chain is:

  • meeting the growing global demand for cleaner-burning energy
  • helping Canadian producers capture greater value for their product
  • driving further growth across our Midstream business — a true win-win for our company and our customers.
Learn more about our strategy

How It Works

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Strong Partnerships for Safe, Prosperous Communities

Turning a Vision into Reality Community

Turning a Vision into Reality

As many proposed Canadian energy projects struggle to move forward, RIPET is a testament to what can be accomplished by approaching project development in...

As many proposed Canadian energy projects struggle to move forward, RIPET is a testament to what can be accomplished by approaching project development in the right way. From the very beginning, we developed strong relationships with all of our stakeholders including:

  • local Indigenous communities
  • business leaders
  • municipal, provincial and federal governments
  • our customer Astomos Energy Corporation

By working closely and proactively with our stakeholders, we ensured they were informed and supportive of the project throughout its development.

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Uniting Communities Community

Uniting Communities

To make this project a reality, we engaged communities across northwest British Columbia to ensure we were respecting the land and providing economic...

To make this project a reality, we engaged communities across northwest British Columbia to ensure we were respecting the land and providing economic benefits to local community members. Working closely with local Indigenous Peoples, communities and businesses, we made sure all parties were properly informed, expectations were outlined, and needs were identified.

As a symbol of the communities uniting in support of the project, the new tugboat that supports operations at RIPET was named the SST Tsimshian Warrior, in honour of the coastal Tsimshian Nations. Fittingly, this vessel is the most environmentally friendly tugboat in Canada, boasting a world-class emissions reduction system and an IMO Tier III-compliant exhaust after-treatment system.

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Investing in Emergency Equipment Community

Investing in Emergency Equipment

The CN railway between Jasper and Prince Rupert now boasts the highest concentration of emergency response equipment in North America. We placed nearly...

The CN railway between Jasper and Prince Rupert now boasts the highest concentration of emergency response equipment in North America. We placed nearly $200,000 in emergency response equipment in Prince George and Prince Rupert to help establish temporary command posts if needed. CN Rail also funded equipment caches for Valemont, Terrace and Smithers that can easily be transported to remote locations by helicopter.

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Find out how RIPET provides skills and employment
Training Along the Railway Community

Training Along the Railway

Ensuring the health and safety of our people and residents near RIPET and along the railway connecting our Midstream facilities in B.C., was always priority...

Ensuring the health and safety of our people and residents near RIPET and along the railway connecting our Midstream facilities in B.C., was always priority number one. To help prepare local first responders in these communities, we sponsored LPG Firefighting Training in Terrace, Thornhill, Kitimat, Smithers, Telkwa, Port Edward and Prince Rupert.

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Strengthening Trade Relations with Japan Community

Strengthening Trade Relations with Japan

At a time when Canada is seeking to diversify its energy markets, and Japan is in need of new energy sources, the agreement between Astomos and AltaGas helps...

At a time when Canada is seeking to diversify its energy markets, and Japan is in need of new energy sources, the agreement between Astomos and AltaGas helps strengthen the cooperative ties between the two nations. The opening of RIPET sends a signal to customers overseas that Canada can deliver on infrastructure and energy export projects, and ultimately, increases Canada-Japan trade by approximately six percent.

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