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New owners for Douglas Channel LNG project

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The Douglas Channel LNG Consortium has announced that it now has full ownership and control of the Douglas Channel LNG project, as a result of the Plan of Arrangement completed under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceeding. 

All of the useful assets of the former project have been transferred to the Consortium and all creditor claims have been settled. 

The Consortium has also executed long-term lease agreements with the Haisla Nation regarding land and water tenure, and with Pacific Northern Gas Ltd (PNG) for long-term pipeline capacity to supply gas to the LNG project.

The Consortium hopes to receive final investment decision (FID) for the LNG project in the fourth quarter 2015. The target Commercial Operation Date to commence LNG exports is 2018.

Barge-based LNG facility

The Douglas Channel LNG project will be a barge-based LNG facility on District Lot 99 near Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada. Natural gas will be sourced from Western Canada and transported to the project site for liquefaction via PNG’s existing pipeline system under a 20-year transportation contract approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission. The LNG project site is secured by a long-term lease with the Haisla Nation. The project will have initial nameplate capacity of 0.55 million tpy. The land and foreshore access provide future opportunity to expand and accommodate additional LNG processing projects.

Suite of LNG expertise

Under Consortium ownership, the Douglas Channel LNG project is controlled by creditworthy partners with a full suite of expertise throughout the energy export value chain. Exmar will be responsible for the development and operation of the floating liquefaction facility. As the owner and operator of what will be world’s first floating liquefaction facility (Caribbean FLNG), it has significant capabilities to leverage off building a similar facility for the Douglas Channel LNG project.

EDF Trading (EDFT) will hold the required pipeline capacity to deliver gas to the project and will be the LNG offtaker of the project. EDFT is a subsidiary and wholesale market operator of Électricité de France S.A. It is a major participant in the global LNG market and offers a complete range of required services.

AIJVLP is a limited partnership between AltaGas Ltd and Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. The AIJVLP will leverage the energy industry experience and expertise of both companies and AltaGas’ relationship with First Nations and local communities. AltaGas will act as the project manager of the Douglas Channel LNG project.


David Harris, President and COO, AltaGas, said: “The Consortium is excited to advance this small scale floating LNG project and is looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Haisla Nation, building on the newly signed long-term land and water lot leases. The project will be supplied by the significant Canadian reserves and is backed by a supportive regulatory regime in British Columbia.  The project provides natural gas producers in Western Canada a new market for their products. PNG customers who live and work in northwestern B.C. can expect to benefit from lower natural gas rates.”

John Rittenhouse, Chief Executive of EDF Trading, said: “The project is well positioned to be an early exporter of LNG off the West Coast of Canada with unique competitive advantages.”   

Matthew Arnold, Global Head of LNG and LPG, said: “The smaller scale LNG project will utilise existing pipeline infrastructure, proven barge technology and very short shipping distances to target markets. We will be working with our Asian customers to secure a long-term contract as this is a very competitive package.”

Bart Lavent, Managing Director of Exmar LNG Infrastructure, said: “Exmar will leverage its proven experience with floating LNG assets to provide a fast track and cost competitive floating liquefaction barge to the project. The site in sheltered, ice-free waters is a perfect fit with Exmar’s barge-based philosophy and provides an ideal location for LNG deliveries to the Asian market.” 

Hisao Sato, General Manager, Idemitsu Kosan, added: “Upon completion of the Douglas Channel LNG project, numerous long-term benefits to Japanese buyers are expected, and will demonstrate British Columbia’s ability to quickly deliver scaleable LNG to the global marketplace.”

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