British Columbian businesses have a new online tool to help them be ready to tap into the opportunities that will be driven by the LNG industry.
The registry and tool at LNGBuyBC.ca has been launched so companies can be ready and profile their goods and services to proponents and their contractors when the first Final Investment Decision (FID) is reached.
Businesses create online profiles in the LNG-Buy BC online tool that makes their specialties, certifications, and contact information available to other registered businesses to help them grow networks, develop new partnerships and secure new business opportunities.
To date, more than 300 companies, 25 of them Aboriginal owned, have pre-registered with the tool, and are offering a range of services including accommodation and catering services, construction expertise, and finance and insurance. The tool is now officially live and open to registration.
LNG-Buy BC is aimed at ensuring B.C. businesses have the tools they need to connect with the opportunity LNG offers. The platform will eventually serve multiple sectors and support B.C businesses of all sizes in entering and competing in global supply chains.
The tool delivers on the commitment by Premier Christy Clark in the fall of 2013 to launch a tool to connect B.C. businesses with LNG opportunities.
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
“LNG is expected to create 100,000 jobs for British Columbians. It’s also a once in a lifetime resource opportunity for this province. British Columbians are urged to start looking now at how they can benefit from the LNG trade. The LNG-Buy BC online tool is the best way for proponents, contractors and other B.C. businesses to get a head start by creating awareness and promoting what they have to offer.”
Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development
“We are building a new industry with the potential to support economic development in our province for more than 150 years. Businesses large and small will benefit through a growing network of partners through the LNG-Buy BC online tool.”
Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business
“One of our government’s goals is to connect LNG project proponents with B.C. companies both large and small in every corner of British Columbia. The LNG-Buy BC tool is working to ensure our B.C. business community can participate fully in LNG and other major project opportunities.”
Gord Shaben, Owner of Silvertip Promotions and Signs Inc.
“The LNG-Buy BC online tool is a mechanism to help educate people as to what it takes and how to prepare themselves to work with industries to do business here. It helps to open our eyes to the possibilities, doing business in a bigger way by learning what you need to do to be prepared and to the possibility of partnerships. We first heard about the LNG-Buy BC program in the spring at the LNG Conference in Vancouver. We attended the LNG-Buy BC seminar in Terrace with an open, thirsty mind.”
Devon Siebenga, President of BigSteelBox Structures
“We’re excited about the opportunities the LNG-Buy BC program brings and we applaud the efforts of government to connect local suppliers with industry. We’re setting out to change the way people look at workforce accommodations and modular structures, and our luxury living quarters are a great example of how innovative design and finishing can combine with durable and sustainable steel to provide greater comfort and functionality.”
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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