At the outset of LNG Canada’s planning to build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export
facility in British Columbia, Canada, we asked ourselves three questions:
1. Can we build the project sustainably and reduce, as much as possible, impacts on the
natural environment, including carbon emissions?
2. Can we build the project responsibly and operate it safely, in a way that respects local
First Nations relationship to the land and water, and the local communities’ need for a
project that makes a positive contribution to its economic and social fabric?
3. Can we build the project innovatively, incorporating the latest technology to keep costs
down, environmental and social performance up, and provide lasting benefits to local
communities, the province and the country?
Since our project’s inception in 2011, LNG Canada has worked to ensure we have been able to
answer “Yes” to each of these questions.
Status of the project
LNG Canada has received the majority of the key permits and licences required for constructing
and operating an LNG export facility in British Columbia. We have also completed some site
preparation work to ensure the Project is in the best place possible to begin construction
following a Final Investment Decision.
A Final Investment Decision, first projected to occur at the end of 2016, has been delayed, given
the context of unprecedented global industry challenges and uncertainty.
The Joint Venture Participants behind LNG Canada – Shell, KOGAS, Mitsubishi and PetroChina –
continue to view the Project as a promising opportunity, with strong project fundamentals. The
Project is close to low-cost and abundant gas supply, has access to Asian markets, and has an
advantaged site location with First Nations’ and community support.
The support the Project has received from the local community and First Nations has been
instrumental to the success achieved gaining critical regulatory approvals.
What is LNG and why BC?
LNG Canada is proposing to export surplus Canadian natural gas to Asian markets, and in the
process, create a world-class liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry in British Columbia, Canada.
Natural gas is recognized as affordable and clean burning, as well as safe to store and transport.
For those Asian countries that depend on burning coal for the majority of their energy needs,
using LNG has the potential to greatly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and significantly
improve air quality. For example, natural gas from our LNG facility, if used to generate electricity
instead of burning coal to generate electricity, could reduce global CO2 emissions by 60 to 90
million tonnes per year. This is more than the annual CO2 emissions of all of British Columbia and
roughly 10 percent of Canada’s total annual emissions.
“We believe that safety is critical to LNG Canada’s ability to deliver
energy responsibly. One of our core values, and a commitment we are
making to the community, is to protect our neighbours, employees and
To export natural gas, it first needs to be turned into its liquid form, which reduces its size 600fold and makes it practical to ship via custom-designed LNG marine vessels. To do this, gas is
cooled to -161 degrees Celsius, at which temperature it turns into a liquid.
A location like no other
Finding the right location for our proposed LNG export facility wasn’t easy. We chose British
Columbia because it has the second largest natural gas reserves in Canada and is a reasonable
shipping distance from Asian markets. We identified more than 500 possible locations in BC,
then began the process of narrowing that number to just a handful before settling on our
location in Kitimat, B.C., at the mouth of Douglas Channel.
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Building relationships before we build our Project
Andy Calitz brings a wealth of global experience to his position of CEO of LNG Canada. Andy
recognizes that it takes time to develop a project, and it takes significantly more than only
meeting regulatory requirements to cross the finish line. Andy leads a professional team who
also understand the importance of building strong relationships with First Nations and the local
community, because if the project receives a positive Final Investment Decision, LNG Canada will
become a member of the community for the next 40 years.
“From the outset, LNG Canada made a commitment to listen, to learn
and to work together to share information, as well as find ways to share
in the benefits a project of this magnitude can bring to a community.”
Andy Calitz, CEO LNG Canada
Our project is located in the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation and has the potential to
affect the traditional territory and communities of seven other First Nations along our shipping
“LNG Canada has engaged and consulted with the Haisla continuously
for the last three years. We support the LNG Canada project and
recognize the benefits that every Haisla member will enjoy, from jobs
and training opportunities to better community facilities and improved
social conditions.”
Chief Councilor Ellis Ross, Haisla Nation
LNG Canada has benefitted greatly from the generous input and local knowledge First Nations
and community residents have contributed to the many studies and reports required to
complete the regulatory review process. We are also working together to ensure we reduce, as
much as possible, potential environmental impacts – whether at our site or in the marine
environment. When constructed, LNG Canada’s facility will be one of the cleanest in the world
from a greenhouse gas intensity perspective. We will produce less than half of the emissions of
other LNG facilities currently in operations around the globe.
An industry with an outstanding safety record
The LNG Canada project will meet some of the strictest regulatory standards in the world for
both safety and environmental protection. Our facility will be among the most modern, and
include a number of safeguard systems to protect against incidents – including alarms and
multiple back-up systems. As part of the Environmental Assessment process, we studied
potential environmental effects on people, water, air and land. We also looked for ways to
minimize greenhouse gas emissions from the proposed facility – a priority in our planning
process and environmental assessment.
LNG Shipping has one of the best safety records in the marine industry:
Over 80,000 cargoes delivered without a single cargo loss since the first
commercial cargo in 1964.
Designing a project we can be proud of
LNG Canada received our Environmental Assessment Certificate in 2015. In early 2016, we
became the first proposed LNG project to receive an Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) permit. We
were also the first company to have our application for a 40-year natural gas export licence
approved by the National Energy Board.
We also became the first LNG company to have Transport Canada review our TERMPOL
submission, and the first to include First Nations as active members in the TERMPOL studies.
While the consultation required for these regulatory review processes is now complete, LNG
Canada continues to invite comments from the community about our Project. Please let us know
if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
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