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Canadian Premier visits Beijing LNG terminal

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British Columbia’s Premier, Christy Clark, has travelled to Nantong to tour the Jiangsu Rudong liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, on the first weekend of the 2013 Jobs and Trade Mission to Asia. The Rudong gasification plant is capable of handling British Columbia’s LNG exports.

"This facility is ready to receive B.C. natural gas and this is another sign that we need to deepen our relationship with China to increase trade and develop a brand new industry," Clark commented. "LNG isn't just a northern industry, but will create opportunities and jobs around the province - from direct jobs to support services to head offices. We are here to make sure that businesses and communities across B.C. benefit."

Updates in Canada

In British Columbia, a new LNG project with links to the Rudong terminal, is making progress in Vancouver. The joint natural gas liquefaction and export project – Woodfibre LNG - between Woodfibre Natural Gas Limited and Pacific Oil and Gas Limited, is in the early stages of development. Woodfibre LNG has officially established its headquarters in Vancouver. Pacific Oil and Gas is also a partner in the Rudong LNG facility in Nantong.

"Our goal is to develop a project that provides sustained economic growth while continuing to support the work that has been done to improve Howe Sound over the past few years," said Byng Giraud, vice president of corporate affairs, Woodfibre LNG. "Having our head office in Vancouver and eventually setting up another office in Squamish will allow us to work closely with prospective partners, service providers, the community and First Nations while also being ideally situated to connect with investment partners in Asia and around the world."

Commenting on the aim of the trade mission, Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade, added: "Our expanded international trade and investment network and trade missions allow us to get in front of investors and promote British Columbia as an attractive destination for investment and for Asian companies looking to locate head offices for their North American operations".

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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