Project Rationale

Sand and gravel is, by volume, the largest mineral commodity used and produced in British Columbia. Viable sources of aggregate are in very limited supply.

  • Sand and gravel are used in every component of our housing, roads, buildings and infrastructure (10 — 15 tonnes per person per year).
  • 80% of gravel is used in public infrastructure and housing.
  • Each kilometre of road construction contains 10,300 tonnes of mineral aggregate. That translates into 1.7 million tonnes of aggregate used for new municipal road construction annually in BC

There is a need to locate and develop new sources of aggregate in proximity to the BC Lower Mainland. Shipping by barge on water, rather than trucking, is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way of transporting aggregate products.