Thousands of creosote-treated piles to be removed from foreshore of former pulp mill

SQUAMISH, BC — Woodfibre LNG Limited is pleased to announce that Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership has been selected as the contractor to remove old pulp mill structures and infrastructure along the foreshore of the former Woodfibre pulp mill site near Squamish, British Columbia.

The cleanup and demolition work is being carried out by Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership and its subcontractor Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd. The work began on August 7, 2018, and will continue for approximately six months.  It will result in the direct employment of 25 people at the Woodfibre site.

The cleanup will include the removal of the following:

  • 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

The cleanup is part of Woodfibre LNG’s commitment to the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to remove old infrastructure from the areas Woodfibre LNG leases from the ministry that are not required for operation and maintenance of the Woodfibre property.

Wayne Saunders, Director of Sukwi7 Contracting Limited Partnership states “The Woodfibre pulp mill site was originally known as Swiy’a’at by the peoples of the Skwxwú7mesh or Squamish Nation. 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.”  

This work is also a continuation of the multimillion dollar cleanup effort that began in March 2017.  Last year, workers removed industrial debris, such as storage tanks and other abandoned equipment, from the site for safe disposal.