ABOUT THE SITE

Malahat LNG will be situated on the shoreline of Malahat Nation-owned land, formerly known as Bamberton, approximately 40 kilometers north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. The proposed facility would include floating liquefaction facilities (with up to 6 mtpa capacity) moored to the shoreline and supporting land-based facilities.

The industrially-zoned land allocated for the proposed project has hosted a cement manufacturing facility for more than 110 years and is currently being used as a rock quarry and for off-loading industrial equipment and materials.

It is part of a 525-hectare parcel of land that Malahat Nation recently acquired, tripling the size of their Nation. The transaction is one of the largest Aboriginal land purchases in BC history, and a significant milestone in the Nation’s transition to economic independence.

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For more than 100 years, the proposed site has served as the base for industrial operations such as cement and aggregate production.

HISTORY OF THE BAMBERTON INDUSTRIAL SITE

1912: London, England-based British Portland Cement Manufacturers builds a cement plant and community on land owned and named after the company’s managing director, Mr. HKG Bamber. Bamberton population grows to 300 by 1913.

1914-1921: Vancouver Portland Cement Company’s Bamberton plant and plant on other side of Saanich Inlet at Tod Inlet sit idle as First World War ends real estate boom and demand for cement plummets.

1921: Bamberton plant resumes operations as BC Cement Company producing 3,000 barrels of cement per day using 40,000 tons of Vancouver Island coal per year. The company’s President and Managing Director, Mr. Robert Butchart, closes the quarry at Tod Inlet to create Butchart Gardens.

1930s: A drop in the demand for cement during the Depression sees the Bamberton operate to just a few months per year.

1940s: Bamberton plant operates at capacity 24/7, as the Second World War creates a massive demand for cement to be used for national defense infrastructure.

1950s: Bamberton plant expands and upgrade as high demand for cement continues. BC Cement Company merges with Ocean Cement in 1957 to become largest cement producer in the Pacific Northwest.

1980: After 75 years, cement production at Bamberton ceases, in part due to increased competition from modern cement plants opened in Delta and Richmond.

2015: On July 16th, the Malahat Nation buys a 525-hectare parcel of the Bamberton lands, tripling the size of their Nation, in one of the largest Aboriginal land purchases in BC history, and a significant milestone in the Nation’s transition to economic independence.

 

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Vancouver, BC V6E 3C9
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