Canadian energy supply company, Pembina Pipeline have partnered with the Haisla Nation to form what will be the largest First Nation-owned LNG infrastructure project in Canada.

The project, known as Cedar LNG, is strategically positioned to make use of the country’s abundant natural gas supply.

Combined with British Columbia’s existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure, this advantageous position will allow production of industry-leading low-carbon, low-cost Canadian LNG for international markets.

Crystal Smith, Chief Councillor of Haisla Nation, said, “It was important for us to find a partner with the same values of environmental protection and community-centered development.”

“With a strong partnership, Cedar LNG will bring tremendous economic opportunities and benefits ensuring the Haisla people have control of our own future.”

The project itself is set to create a dirth of economic opportunities for the Haisla people, the local community and Indigenous Nations.

It is expected that up to 500 people will be working at the Cedar LNG site at the peak of construction, with around 100 working at the facility full-time when operations have begun.

With a liquefaction capacity of approximately three million tonnes per year, Cedar LNG has secured agreements with other companies to ensure a natural gas supply and a pipeline supply link.

In order to ensure a low carbon footprint, the liquefaction will take place on a floating LNG facility, which itself will be constructed at an existing shipyard in Asia, lowing the construction risk and reducing the environmental impact.

It will also see less disruption to the local community, about whom Mick Dilger, Pembina’s President and CEO, said, “We have worked with the Haisla Nation on and off for over a decade with three different Haisla Nation leaders, maintaining a positive relationship throughout that time.”

“I am simply delighted that this long-term relationship has led us to this tremendous opportunity to finally partner with the Haisla Nation.”

Costing approximately $2.4b to complete, the Cedar LNG project expects to make a final investment decision in 2023, with an in-service date for the project slated for 2027.