Canada still open for business


A business, which has been established to assist with companies planning on constructing LNG terminals in Canada, has declared that the country is open for business.

With current oil prices in a slump and LNG pricing likely to remain squeezed for the next few months, further pressure has been heaped on Canadian LNG project investors to move decisively towards Final Investment Decision (FID), or risk losing out completely to their United States rivals.

British Columbia in particular has driven an ambitious and upbeat message, but before any project reaches FID a formidable array of investors, stakeholders and lenders will need convincing that any such projects are economically robust and rewarding.

Ultimately, delivering competitively-priced projects will come down to a collaboration of will between the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms and the operators who commission these teams to deliver. Recent months have witnessed many key Canadian LNG front-end engineering and design (FEED) contracts being awarded to the world’s leading EPCs, with a great volume of subsidiary work (such as construction management and project execution) being awarded on both the west and the east coasts of the country, as urgency to move projects forward ramps up.  

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