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Woodfibre LNG opts for electric power

LNG Industry,

Woodfibre LNG said today that its proposed liquefaction project will run off electric power. The decision was made after the company received feedback from a community consultation, which agreed that electric power was the most appropriate source of power compared with gas turbines.

“Electric drives for compression will drastically reduce the level of air emissions produced,” a statement from the company said.

Environment a priority

“We sought input from the community at an early stage and ‘air quality’ was a top concern. Our engineers have now confirmed that going electric is indeed feasible, so the choice is a clear one,” said Byng Giraud, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG.

“We have full confidence in the electric drive technologies available and will continue to work with the community to develop this project into one that meets the high standards under which our company operates and that Squamish residents expect.”

Compared to using gas turbine drives for the main refrigerant compressors, electric drives will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 80%. The company said that engineering decisions on design and configuration as well as baseline environmental studies are ongoing, but are now fully directed toward this commitment to electricity. There are more Woodfibre-led consultation sessions to come.


Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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