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Canadian government approves Woodfibre 40-year export licence

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Woodfibre LNG Ltd has announced that the Canadian government has approved a 40-year export licence for the Woodfibre LNG Project in Squamish, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada.

Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, said: “We know there is tremendous demand for natural gas, especially in the fast-growing countries of Asia. The approval of Woodfibre LNG’s 40-year export licence provides certainty for investors while creating jobs for Canadians as the world moves toward a low-carbon future. This project also underscores the significance of working together with First Nations communities, as it will lead to environmental protection and economic benefits for the Province of British Columbia and the Squamish Region.”

On 6 April 2017, the National Energy Board (NEB) announced that it had granted the 40-year export licence to the project, subject to a Governor in Council approval. In its decision, the NEB found that the volume of gas that the project proposed to export – for a 40-year term – is surplus to Canadian requirements, and can accommodate a plausible growth in demand, as well as exports proposed by the Woodfibre LNG Project.

In December 2013, the project was originally granted a 25-year licence to export approximately 2.1 million tpy of LNG. However, changes to the NEB Act Part VI Regulations in 2015 increased the maximum term to a 40-year period.

All of the commitments that the company made during its environmental assessment certificate application, and the regulatory conditions, plans and permits required for the construction and operation of the project, will remain in effect for the life of the project.

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