The federal government has granted a second license to export liquified natural gas (LNG) from Kitimat.
The 20 year license is to the BC LNG Export Cooperative, who are planning an LNG facility to be located on the west bank of Douglas Channel that would ship up to 1.8 million tonnes of LNG to Asia. Natural gas would be transported to the proposed Douglas Channel terminal on the existing Pacific Northern Gas Pipeline and potentially on the proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline. The proposed liquefied natural gas facility is undergoing an environmental assessment in accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
“This export licence is another example of our Government’s commitment to diversifying our energy export markets and strengthening our trading partnership with Asia,” said Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver.
“Canada is well positioned to grow as a global energy superpower. Projects such as this will show the world that we are serious about getting our energy resources to market.”
The initial phase of the facility is expected to be in operation by late 2013 or early 2014 and, if it proceeds, would represent the very first liquefied natural gas exports from Canada.
Construction will employ 150-200 people over 18 to 24 months with 30-40 permanent operating jobs at the Douglas Channel site.