Crews have started a six-month operation to clean up old pulp mill structures at the Woodfibre site.
“This latest cleanup work at the Woodfibre LNG site means thousands of creosote-treated piles will be cut or removed entirely from the waters of Howe Sound,” said Byng Giraud of Woodfibre LNG.
The company announced that Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership has been selected as the contractor responsible for the cleanup and demolition work.
“Sukwi7 Contracting is very pleased to be working with Woodfibre LNG on this very important project that will clean up the foreshore and marine habitat of the old pulp mill site, located in the waters of Howe Sound and the traditional territory of the Squamish Nation,” said Wayne Saunder of Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership in a news release.
A subcontractor of Sukwi7, Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd. will also be assisting with the operations.
Woodfibre said the following will be taken down from the old pulp mill site.
• Old timber wharf
• Hog fuel unloading dock
• Deep-sea berth and warehouse
• Ferry berth
• Miscellaneous creosote-treated piles (3,000+), mooring dolphins, steel frames and can buoys
• Abandoned rail car barge ramp
• Mill equipment support structure
• Bridge at the mouth of Mill Creek
• Asbestos-containing materials from various structures on the Project site
Twenty-five people will be employed as a result, by the company’s count.
This is not the first cleanup Woodfibre has done on its site.
Last year, workers removed industrial debris, such as storage tanks and other abandoned equipment, from the area.