The lower level of the Capitol Mall was packed on Dec. 20 to witness the opening of Pacific NorthWest LNG’s community office.
Pacific NorthWest LNG president Greg Kist said the creation of a physical presence in the community is an important milestone as the company works to create an LNG export terminal on Lelu Island in Port Edward.
“We are committed to this community in every way, with the First Nations, with the businesses and with everyone in Prince Rupert … we firmly believe that communication is a two-way street. We need to provide information to you, but we want to receive feedback from the people of this community about the project,” he said, noting plans are in place for a similar community office in Port Edward in the new year.
“The community office will be the source of information for residents. It will be a place to get answers to any questions people may have and to find information on contract opportunities.”
Kist was joined at the open house by Prince Rupert Mayor Jack Mussallem and Port Edward Mayor Dave MacDonald, who both spoke highly of the company.
“Pacific NorthWest LNG has come forward as a very transparent company, and if they say they are going to do something, they are going to do it. A lot of people have come and gone, but this shows their commitment … this is an opportunity for the community at large to get a grasp on what could be a very bright future,” said Mayor Mussallem.
“I am happy when I see jobs come to the region. I am happy when someone comes up to me and says ‘my son or daughter has got a job and they are moving back’. That just makes my whole day,” added Mayor MacDonald.
Also attending the opening was Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman, who spoke not only about the development of the LNG industry as a whole but about his experience in working with Pacific NorthWest LNG.
“We’ve been working with these guys on LNG for a number of years … these guys are pros. They really know what they’re doing and they are a very professional company,” he said.
“This is such an important milestone in the progress of this project because it is letting you know that the arms are open. They’re inviting you to come see them.”