LNG Canada’s application for an Environmental Assessment (EA) certificate for its proposed LNG export facility in Kitimat, B.C. has been accepted by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and has entered the 180-day Application Review Phase.
This acceptance of LNG Canada’s Application marks the culmination of over three years of environmental studies, design work and engagement with local communities and Aboriginal groups. The application includes details regarding the proposed project’s economic and social benefits, environmental effects, and mitigation measures to avoid or reduce those effects.
“Our application’s acceptance is a significant milestone for our proposed project and a demonstration of LNG Canada’s commitment to consider local knowledge and insight to inform how the project can benefit local First Nations and communities, and for the region to achieve its social, economic and environmental aspirations,” commented Andy Calitz, CEO, LNG Canada.
LNG Canada has selected natural gas turbines for the liquefaction process to minimise fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. LNG Canada also recently signed a power agreement with BC Hydro to use clean, renewable electricity from BC Hydro for the electricity needed for the facility. The company estimates the proposed facility will have a greenhouse gas emission intensity of approximately 0.15 tonne CO2e/tonne LNG produced.
Chief Councillor Ellis Ross, Haisla Nation
“The Haisla people strongly support this project but have always believed that it should be as ‘green’ as possible, and this use of clean hydro power is good news. This also adds more certainty to the context around the project in which we will participate - our people are keen to realise the significant employment and other economic benefits to come.”
Art Sterritt, Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations
“Coastal First Nations welcomes this decision by LNG Canada. Minimising the environmental impact of the B.C. LNG industry is our primary concern and LNG Canada’s choice of a power solution demonstrates tangible action to address it. The region’s abundant renewable energy should be an important component of a B.C. LNG industry.”
LNG Canada still has to ensure the project is economically viable, and meet several other significant milestones related to gas supply, engineering and cost estimates, supply of labour and regulatory approval prior to making a final investment decision.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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