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Woodfibre LNG EAC amendment application approved

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Woodfibre LNG Ltd has announced that its application to amend its environmental assessment certificate (EAC) for the construction and operation of the Woodfibre LNG project has been approved.

The EAC was originally granted on 26 October 2015, but Woodfibre LNG Ltd applied to amend its EAC in early 2017 in order to address a number of proposed design changes to the project.

The proposed changes were the result of the Squamish Nation’s selection of air cooling as the cooling technology for the project, as well as ongoing front-end engineering and design (FEED) work. These changes include the following:

  • Switching from seawater cooling to air cooling at the plant.
  • Upgrading an existing intake on Mill Creek as opposed to building a new intake.
  • The short-term use of water from Woodfibre Creek during the construction phase.

The design changes required an amendment to the EAC under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act.

Byng Giraud, Country Manager & Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG Ltd, said: “The amendment approval means Woodfibre LNG can implement the design changes that are a direct result of the Squamish Nation process, and ongoing FEED work.

“We also see the approval as further acknowledgement that Woodfibre LNG is setting the standard for incorporating First Nations and community priorities into the design and operation of an industrial project in British Columbia.”

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