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LNG Canada approves CAN$937 million in contracts and subcontracts

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LNG Canada has released a statement revealing the value of contracts and subcontracts approved as of December last year, following the first three months of the construction phase of the large scale LNG export project near Kitimat, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada.

So far, LNG Canada has approved more than CAN$937 million in contracts and subcontracts with First Nations enterprises and other businesses across Canada. According to the statement, this include CAN$175 million to local First Nations businesses and, with the addition of contracts awarded to local Kitimat area businesses, including First Nations businesses, that total increases to CAN$330 million and CAN$530 million with the addition of B.C. businesses outside of the local area.

LNG Canada claims that the economic benefits of the project reach far beyond B.C., with almost CAN$400 million in contracts and subcontracts approved for businesses across the nation. As the project moves forwards, LNG Canada claims that further contracts will be awarded to benefit Canadian communities.

Susannah Pierce, LNG Canada’s Director External Relations, said: “What these contracts and subcontracts represent, is tremendous opportunity for individuals to find employment on the LNG Canada project through our contractors and subcontractors.

“For First Nations communities, it is delivering on the opportunities we have committed to that will assist the Nations address issues of poverty, unemployment and skills development. For local communities, it is the opportunity for young people to find employment that allows them to remain living in the North.”

During October last year (the first month of the construction phase), 249 workers from the local area, including First Nations, were employed by LNG Canada or one of its contractors.

By the end of construction, LNG Canada and the Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which is needed to transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the LNG export facility near Kitimat, expect to employ around 10 000 Canadian workers. According to the statement, Coastal GasLink had previously announced that award of CAN$620 million in contracts to First Nations, with a further CAN$400 million to be awarded during the remainder of construction.

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