BESIX Canada to build an LNG terminal in British Columbia

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Executive summary

  • BESIX Canada and its joint venture partner Vancouver Pile Driving will build an LNG export facility in British Columbia, Canada. The project is the second major marine project BESIX Canada carries out in the country.
  • The LNG Berth Marine Structure contract was awarded by the JGC-Fluor BC LNG Joint Venture. Works include, i.a., the construction of a quay wall, an LNG platform, multiple dolphins and onshore infrastructure such as roadways and foundations for buildings.
  • Construction is set to start in 2019 and will be completed in 2021.

BESIX Canada, together with its joint venture partner Vancouver Pile Driving (Vanpile), will build an LNG export facility in Kitimat, in the North Coast region of British Columbia, Canada. Via the Douglas Channel, one the principal fjords of British Columbia, the port is part of the Northwest Corridor, connecting North America to the Pacific Rim.

The LNG Berth Marine Structure contract was awarded to BESIX Canada and Van Pile by the JGC-Fluor BC LNG Joint Venture (JFJV). Once completed, the LNG Terminal will be maintained by JFJV and operated by LNG Canada, a joint venture between Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi and KOGAS.

Works include the construction of a 500-meter-long quay wall, an LNG platform and all associated mooring and berthing structures. The works also involve the construction of scour protection, roadways, foundations for buildings, electrical works as well as the installation of marine equipment such as automated navigation aids.

Construction will start in 2019 with the removal of the existing facilities, shoreline protection and current infrastructure. The works will be completed in 2021.

Fabian Boucher, BESIX Canada General Manager: “The LNG Berth Marine Structure is the second marine project that BESIX carries out in Canada, once again in cooperation with our local partner and thanks to the proposed innovative design of the BESIX Engineering Department. We are convinced that JGC-Fluor has made the best possible choice with our JV to meet the specific challenges of this project that we jointly commit to become the “Safest Project on Earth”. BESIX has an in-depth expertise in marine works. On each of its sites, BESIX pursues excellence in terms of quality and safety and in reducing its environmental footprint.”
Mathieu Dechamps, BESIX General Manager International: “The LNG Berth Marine Structure is a great project which we can be proud of. I would like to thank and to congratulate all our teams and all the support departments that have worked on it in recent years, in particular the Marine Works and BESIX Engineering Departments. This contract was a key one. We made the difference and won this project thanks to our compliance, our client-oriented approach and our ability to deliver on time. It is also an awesome example of BESIX’s value engineering. Our design proposals have impressed the client and have been fully integrated into the project. Our client being a major company, this contract opens up promising new opportunities in the near future. Please be proud of what you have collectively achieved.”


BESIX is a leading Belgian group, based in Brussels and operating on five continents. Its iconic achievements include Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, the Grand Egyptian Museum on the Giza pyramids plateau and the Al Wakrah Stadium, built to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

BESIX also carries out major marine works all around the world. Its activities comprise the design and construction of infrastructure in eight areas of expertise: jetties, quay walls, breakwaters, marinas, water intakes, shore protection, locks and refurbishment. Recent and ongoing works include world-class projects in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia. The group’s in-house Engineering Department enables BESIX to realize unique, highly complex projects, particularly in terms of technical and environmental aspects.


Vancouver Pile Driving (Vanpile) is an award winning 100‐year‐old multi‐discipline construction company. Since its inception in 1913, VANPILE has extensively served the coastal marine industry and built many of the major marine facilities along the coastline and inland waters of British Columbia, Canada. The culture is built around the people and their experience, enabling to lead in innovation, reputation, and safety. Vanpile is also a member of Carlson Construction Group since 1996.