Canada’s minister of transport, Omar Alghabra, said the funding will increase capacity at Trigon Pacific Terminals’ coal export terminal, according to CBC.

With terminal operator’s Trigon Pacific Terminals contribution, the total combined investment in the project would be CAD$163.1m.

Trigon’s existing berth is purpose-built to handle a commodity mix that predominately includes steelmaking and thermal coal and petroleum coke. Construction of a second berth will provide a dedicated platform for alternative and clean energy exports.

Alghabra commented: “By investing nearly CAD$75m in the construction of a second berth at the Port of Prince Rupert, we are meeting the recommendations… to help reduce port congestion.

“Being North America’s closest port to Asia, the Port of Prince Rupert is critical to keeping Canada’s supply chains strong.”

Rob Booker, CEO of Trigon Pacific Terminals, said the support for the “second berth project will enable us to increase our terminal’s export capacity and accelerate our diversification into green energy exports”.

“We are grateful to the government of Canada for helping to make this a reality.”

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