Canada’s Environment Minister, Mary Polak, and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman have issued Environmental Assessment Certificates for three LNG projects in northern British Columbia.
The Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline, the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility in Prince Rupert, and the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline were all given approval according to an official announcement from the British Columbia newsroom.
The decisions were made after considering reviews led by British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office. There are conditions included in each of the Environmental Assessment Certificates and design restrictions are specified in the Certified Project Descriptions.
The conditions and the Certified Project Descriptions are legally-binding requirements that the companies must meet to be in compliance with their certificates.
Each project will require various federal, provincial and local government permits to proceed. The Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility is also the subject of a federal environmental assessment.
The Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline involves the construction and operation of up to two 860km natural gas pipelines from the Cypress Area in northeast British Columbia to a new LNG terminal being proposed at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert. The estimated capital cost is $7.5bn.
The Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility involves the construction and operation of an LNG export facility located on Lelu Island and adjacent water lots in the Port of Prince Rupert, at an estimated capital cost of $11.4bn.
The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline involves the construction and operation of a 900km natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope in northeastern British Columbia to the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility. The estimated capital cost is $5bn.
With the clamber for LNG projects and terminals only increasing, it seems, when and where could you see LNG at a port near you?
Look out for a round-up of some of the most notable upcoming LNG projects on gasworld’s radar through to 2020, in an exclusive supplement with the November issue of gasworld magazine.