Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG have signed a contract with WorleyParsons for the provision of environmental, engineering, geotechnical and regulatory services at their proposed LNG Project at Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island.

The deal could be worth in excess of $30m. 

WorleyParsons’ LNG activities cover more than 10 countries, and the company is a recognised global leader in the modularisation of process plants. WorleyParsons has played a key role in the design, construction, and maintenance of 40% of the LNG trains in operation around the world and has participated in various front end development phases of 12 proposed LNG projects in British Columbia. Over the past 25 years, WorleyParsons has also worked with numerous First Nations across BC and has provided specialised services for some of the largest projects in the province.

The proposed Project, a 24-mtpa (million tonnes per annum) land-based facility, is one of the largest proposed LNG projects in British Columbia. The new contract will encompass environmental impact assessments, preliminary Front End Engineering and Design (pre-FEED) studies, geotechnical investigations, and permitting approvals support for the project. WorleyParsons’ environmental team, with experience permitting similar facilities worldwide, will be supported by Hemmera, a Canadian environmental consultancy, creating a team of leaders in environmental and social sciences with expertise in Environmental Assessment, marine and terrestrial ecology, and experience working with First Nations.

“WorleyParsons and Hemmera bring local knowledge and global proficiency to the project, and we have faith in the process set out before us,” explained Huu-ay-aht Councillor John Jack. “Huu-ay-aht looks forward to working with both and moving into the future.”

The new contract is an extension of the strategic relationship that already exists between WorleyParsons, Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations. WorleyParsons played a key role in the recently completed Preliminary Assessment & Screening stage of the proposed Project.

“We’re pleased to formalise our relationship with a world leader like WorleyParsons, who contribute their tremendous LNG experience and expertise,” said Nigel Kuzemko, CEO, Steelhead LNG. “This deal is a reflection of our commitment to Huu-ay-aht citizens and British Columbia at large to investigate possible environmental impacts of the project, along with other technical and economic aspects, prior to making any decision to proceed with development.”

The contract marks the first major milestone for the proposed Project since Huu-ay-aht citizens voted in favour of continuing to explore the proposed project at their People’s Assembly on 29 November 2014.