Products will be delivered to the Vopak Pacific Canada Project via unit trains of approximately 100 rail cars at the northeast section of the PRPA Road Railway Utility Corridor. The expected number of rail cars at full capacity is approximately 240 per day.
From the rail unloading area, all products will be pumped uphill toward the manifold and tank storage area.
The propane will arrive by rail in a pressurized state. Rail cars will be unloaded into temporary pressurized storage bullets after which it will be transferred through a refrigeration unit into a refrigerated storage to be stored at approximately -42 degrees Celsius. All products will be stored at atmospheric pressure in tanks which are specifically designed for the product type and which will meet or exceed the applicable Canadian standards and any applicable regulations and will incorporate best available technology.
Electric motor driven pumps will transfer the products through the pipes and loading arms from the storage tanks to the vessels. It is anticipated that vessel loading operations will occur approximately once every three days, which at full capacity results in approximately 171 vessels per year depending on customer demand. The jetty will be able to accommodate vessels of up to 85,000 cubic meters at two berths with a maximum draft of 14.5 meters. Vessels will be loaded at up to 3,000 cubic meters per hour and will typically be at berth for approximately 40 hours.