The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office said Nov. 25 that it has issued Environmental Assessment Certificates for three liquefied natural gas projects in northern B.C. – the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline, the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility in Prince Rupert and the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline.
Each project from here 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 majority of provincial permits are provided through the BC Oil & Gas Commission, the primary operational regulator of oil and gas activities in this Canadian province. The Environmental Assessment Office will co-ordinate compliance management efforts with other government agencies to ensure that the office is satisfied that certificate conditions are met.
- The Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline involves the construction and operation of up to two 860-kilometre natural gas pipelines from the Cypress Area in northeast BC (100 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John) to the Prince Rupert LNG terminal being proposed by the BG Group at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert. The estimated capital cost is C$7.5bn. Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Ltd. was formed for this project by Spectra Energy Transmission and BG International Ltd.
- The Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility involves the construction and operation of a facility located on Lelu Island and adjacent water lots in the Port of Prince Rupert. The estimated capital cost is C$11.4bn. The company proposes to construct and operate an LNG export facility that consists of: up to three 6 million tonnes per year liquefaction trains; up to three storage tanks; a trestle with two berths; and ancillary facilities, such as a materials offloading facility, utilities, access roads and bridges, and storage areas. There would be up to 150 LNG transport vessels per year. During the provincial review process, there was a change from industrial gas turbines to aero-derivative gas turbines at this facility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Pacific NorthWest LNG LP is majority-owned by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), which is wholly-owned by the Malaysian government. Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., PetroleumBRUNEI, the Indian Oil Corp. and SINOPEC are minority shareholders in Pacific NorthWest LNG.
- The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project is a 900-kilometre natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope in northeastern B.C. to the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility. The estimated capital cost is C$5bn. Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.