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Canada’s LNG export potential

LNG Industry,

Canada continues its mission to become a leading LNG exporter, with recent news that Woodfibre LNG now plans to build its proposed LNG plant onshore. Pieridae Energy has also recently awarded CB&I the FEED contract for the Goldboro LNG facility in Nova Scotia.

Woodfibre and Goldboro projects

The progress of both Woodfibre LNG and Pieridae Energy will be discussed at the Canada LNG Export Conference & Exhibition. Byng Giraud, Vice President Corporate Affairs - Pacific Oil & Gas – Woodfibre LNG, will give his views on maximising LNG export projects while promoting economic growth. Thom Dawson, Executive Vice President and COO, Pieridae Energy will discuss major capital LNG project risk mitigation.

First Nations

Along with the many aspects of Canadian LNG exports, the projects are unable to progress without consultation and inclusion of the aboriginal communities. Although local government are saying all parties are being included, some First Nations officials still have significant environmental concerns. Ellis Ross, Chief Councillor, from Haisla First Nation will attend the conference to share his insights at the event focusing on building meaningful partnerships with the Aboriginal communities, business and government, in order to promote economic prosperity.

Skills market

Many are also asking about the gap in the market for local talent and how this will be fulfilled. Canada will have to import labour to complete the projects, however immigration can be a slow and arduous process. Dave Byng, Deputy Minister - Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour in BC, will deliver a keynote presentation on what the B.C. government's plans are to manage this.

Other conference participants include Manley McLachlan, BC Construction Association; Jim Sinclair, BC Federation of Labour and Paul de Jong, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, who will discuss the human resources issue concerning with gaining access to a skilled workforce to meet the growing demand for workers in Western Canada.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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