A 12 million tonnes per year LNG project has been proposed for British Columbia, Canada – and it could have one of the lowest unit carbon emissions rates of any large-scale LNG export project in the world.

The Nisga’a Nation, Rockies LNG and Western LNG on Monday (19th July) filled the initial project description for the project with the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada as an important step in the global LNG industry.

Dubbed Ksi Lisims LNG, the project will be designed to produce up to 12 million tonnes of LNG per year and will receive approximately 1.7 to 2.0 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

The proposed project site is owned by the Nisga’a Nation in fee simple and is located within Nisga’a treaty lands on the northern tip of Pearse Island on the Portland Canal, west of Gingolx, British Columbia.

Filing the initial project description is part of the ongoing first phase of engagement to ensure first nations, local communities and the public can work with the Ksi Lisims LNG proponents as the project design is finalised and can provide input to assist the environmental assessment process.

Early engagement allows the neighbours of Ksi Lisims LNG to provide meaningful input into how Ksi Lisims LNG can maximise benefits and minimise impact on the environment and nearby communities.

On the proposed development, Eva Clayton, Nisga’a Nation President, said, “Attracting an economic base to the Nass Valley has long been a priority for the Nisga’a Nation. This is why, for close to a decade, our Nation has worked to attract a world-leading LNG project to our treaty lands, and why we are proud to commence the formal regulatory process for our project, Ksi Lisims LNG.”

To have one of the lowest unit carbon emissions rates of any large-scale LNG export project in the world, Ksi Lisims LNG’s pathway to net zero carbon emissions includes the use of renewable BC Hydro power in combination with strong monitoring and measurement, energy efficiency, purchase of carbon offsets and potential carbon capture and storage.

Davis Thames, Western LNG Founder, President and CEO, added, “We are very excited to work with the Nisga’a Nation and Rockies LNG to bring the Ksi Lisims LNG project to market. This project will be important to the global LNG industry as it navigates the energy transition.”

“Fuelled by clean British Columbia hydropower and supplied by low carbon Canadian natural gas, Ksi Lisims LNG will achieve one of the world’s lowest unit carbon emissions rates for a large-scale LNG export project, making net zero both feasible and achievable.”

“Our floating design is central to delivering a project in a remote location on time and on budget, and we have commercial concepts we believe will be attractive to Pacific Basin customers. Together with the Nisga’a Nation and Rockies LNG, we have a tremendous opportunity to provide clean energy to the world, while creating good jobs in our neighbouring communities and economic benefits for western Canada for decades to come.”

Two natural gas pipeline projects are currently being evaluated for Ksi Lisims LNG. Both pipeline projects have received regulatory approvals following robust environmental assessment processes and can connect resources in northeastern BC to the proposed project site. The selected natural gas pipeline will be owned and operated by a third party.

If successful, commercial operations are anticipated to commence in late 2027 or 2028.