B.C. Premier Christy Clark is due to meet today with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss future plans for LNG on the country’s west coast. The Premier, and her delegation of ministers Shirley Bond (jobs, tourism and skills), Rich Coleman (natural gas development) and John Rustad (aboriginal relations) will argue that the LNG industry in B.C. could develop 100 000 jobs. Skills training and workforce requirements are issues expected to take up much of the talks among fears that labour deficiencies could render a rise in production costs.
Ms. Bond said: “We want to lay out for the federal government the LNG opportunity that B.C. faces and we think it’s an opportunity for Canadians […] we want to make sure that LNG is on the national agenda.”
It is expected that the delegation will emphasise the positive effect that a boost in the B.C economy could have on wider domestic prosperity. In a television interview on CTV’s Question Period, Clark identified the ability of natural gas to “transform our country”, saying that becoming a global supplier of natural gas would contribute to enabling this. The Premier said that geographical positioning next to hungry Asian markets and LNG resources that could supply countries for 150 years were arguments that put B.C in a strong position.
Minister of natural resources, Greg Rickford said that Canada has “unprecedented energy supply” to meet rising world energy demand.
The B.C. government has set a target through the LNG Strategy of having three operational LNG facilities by 2020. At present, B.C. produces approximately 1.2 trillion ft3/year of natural gas.
Edited from various sources by Ted Monroe
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