In fall 2018, the Suncor Burrard Products Terminal in Port Moody, B.C., wrapped up its regularly scheduled inspection and maintenance work on the terminal’s flare stack structure.
The flare is used as a safety device and is located in the northeast section of the Upper Terminal processing area.
The work began at the end of August and took approximately six weeks to complete.
“Our original maintenance plan to conduct the inspections and maintenance was for four weeks, however, over the course of the work, we decided to complete some additional minor repairs, which extended the maintenance by two weeks,” explains Jeff Leishman, B.C. Terminal Operations Manager.
Jeff notes that neighbours may have noticed safety lighting and welding flashes in the area during those six weeks.
“We sincerely thank community members for their patience during the maintenance period. Our primary goal is to ensure our neighbours are aware of the work we’re doing to ensure the continued safe and reliable operation of the terminal. We value the relationships we have with our neighbours.”
Flare stack preventative maintenance involves inspection and measurements of the steel structure to ensure it continues to operate safely and as designed.
The project team put a lot of effort into planning the work so it wouldn’t interfere in day-to-day life for the community. One of those steps was to restrict night work to quieter activities.
“We hope the mitigation plan was successful and that no one was inconvenienced. However, please let us know if we can do better in the future.”
The Suncor Burrard Products Terminal is situated on 430 acres of land, of which 175 acres are used for terminal operations. Gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol and bio-diesel arrive at the terminal via pipeline, marine tankers, trucks and rail.