Solvay and Vancouver Bulk Terminal to build soda ash shipping facility in US

Solvay and Vancouver Bulk Terminal to build soda ash shipping facility in US

This strategic partnership at the Port of Vancouver USA represents a substantial expansion of global export capacity in the world’s fastest-growing soda ash production region

  • By ICN Bureau | October 11, 2023

Solvay, a global leader in the soda ash market, and Vancouver Bulk Terminal, a bulk commodity shipping and logistics expert, announced today a strategic partnership to collaborate on the redevelopment of Terminal 2, Berth 7 at the Port of Vancouver USA, in Washington state.

Reconstruction is set to begin in 2024 and expected to be completed by early 2026. The facility is poised to become a key global outlet for the export of soda ash from North America emphasizing design, efficiency, and sustainability through the combined expertise and capabilities of Vancouver Bulk Terminal (VBT), the Port of Vancouver USA, and Solvay.

The newly designed terminal will have the capability to annually process more than 2.5 million tons of soda ash. The expanded capacity will support the previously announced expansion of Solvay's Green River, Wyoming soda ash operations. The terminal will also add crucial export capacity to the North American soda ash industry, which is recognized as the world's fastest-growing soda ash producing region.

Both companies and the port are enthusiastic about the partnership’s potential impact on the soda ash sector and the broader economy. "We are excited to work with Vancouver Bulk Terminal and the Port of Vancouver to develop a state-of-the-art facility that will allow Solvay to serve our international customers sustainably for the foreseeable future,” said Brian Kebart, President of Solvay American Soda.

With custom-built infrastructure, Terminal 2 is tailored for bulk soda ash storage and handling, enhancing international trade and implementing innovative solutions to reduce the port’s ecological footprint. VBT’s plans include improved rail service, all new enclosed storage and conveyance, and a modern efficient ship loader design.

Brian Johnson, a Director of Vancouver Bulk Terminals and Chief Commercial Officer at Nautilus International Holding Corporation, added, “After working with the port to execute a 30-year lease, we are very excited to take the next step in our plans to modernize the terminal and provide an efficient long-term gateway for Solvay to reach the global marketplace with a key component needed for numerous green economy products.”

Furthermore, Terminal 2’s construction and ongoing operation will create jobs within the local community and encourage economic growth.

“The Port of Vancouver USA is incredibly excited to welcome Solvay to the port and grow our role as a leading ‘green energy gateway’ on the U.S. West Coast. Not only is soda ash a critical commodity for a vibrant economy, it’s essential for manufacturing lithium ion batteries that power EV’s and the glass panels used in the solar industry,” said Alex Strogen, Chief Commercial Officer for the Port of Vancouver USA. “This partnership with the port, Vancouver Bulk Terminal and Solvay equates to more jobs here locally, and more economic diversity for the port and therefore the Vancouver community in the years ahead.”

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