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LNG projects granted environmental assessment approval

LNG Industry,


Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman have issued Environmental Assessment Certificates for three LNG projects in northern B.C.

The three projects are the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline, the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility in Prince Rupert and the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline.

Assessment process

The decisions were made after considering reviews led by British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office.

To prevent or minimise adverse effects from the projects, each company proposed a number of significant route or design changes during the environmental assessment, based on feedback received during the process.

Each project will require various federal, provincial and local government permits to proceed. The Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility is also the subject of a federal environmental assessment.

Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission

The Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline involves the construction and operation of up to two 860 km natural gas pipelines from the Cypress Area in northeast BC (100 km northwest of Fort St. John) to a new LNG terminal being proposed at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert. The estimated capital cost is CAN$ 7.5 billion. Construction would generate 13,400 person-years of direct employment in B.C. During the 50 years of operations, 120 full-time jobs would be created.

Pacific NorthWest LNG

The Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility involves the construction and operation of an LNG export facility located on Lelu Island and adjacent water lots in the Port of Prince Rupert. The estimated capital cost is CAN$ 11.4 billion. Construction would generate 8000 person-years of direct employment in B.C. During the 30 years of operations, 650 full-time jobs would be created.

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission

The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline involves the construction and operation of a 900 km natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope in northeastern B.C. to the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility. The estimated capital cost is CAN$ 5 billion. Construction would generate 8250 person-years of direct employment in B.C. During the 40 years of operations, 23 full-time jobs would be created.


Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/liquid-natural-gas/26112014/ea-certificates-for-three-lng-projects-1861/


 

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