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British Columbia’s LNG conference sets record

LNG Industry,

B.C.’s second international liquefied natural gas (LNG) conference set a new record for an industry-focused event in the province.

Premier Christy Clark commented: “This is a generational opportunity to build an LNG industry, to create jobs for British Columbians and a prosperous future. We’ve seen incredible progress over the last few years and this conference was another clear sign of how close we are to making it all happen.”

This year’s event was a sold-out success with over 1400 delegates attending the three-day showcase titled ‘Powering a Strong Economy: British Columbia's LNG in the Global Market’.

Industry proponents, international investors, and major suppliers were present. Provincial government officials, local communities, First Nations leaders, academics and local communities participated in 14 engaging panel sessions focused on furthering B.C.'s LNG growth.

British Columbia announced it will host the event for a third time between 14 – 16 October 2015.

Minister of Natural Gas Development, Rich Coleman, added: “This conference was largest of its kind in our province - it clearly demonstrates our commitment to building an LNG industry here in B.C. We look forward to bringing all the interested partners together again next year.”

The 2014 conference showcased B.C.’s competitive advantages, including the province’s reliability and stability, and provided delegates with the opportunity to participate in key discussions on developing the LNG industry in B.C.

The 14 panel discussions this year focused on making B.C. a globally competitive jurisdiction, financing LNG, First Nations and community partnerships, maintaining strong environmental standards, and building a skilled workforce to meet LNG demand.

A trade show was added to the event this year, providing B.C.-based businesses and international companies with an opportunity to connect with industry proponents.

An interactive career experience was also on display for youth from all across B.C. who participated in an interactive seminar showcasing the skills and trades training required to find a long-term career in B.C.’s growing natural gas sector.

With 13 LNG proposals currently on the table, British Columbia is poised to be a player in the global LNG market. Development of the industry will result in unprecedented economic growth and has the potential to create more than 100 000 jobs.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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