British Columbia agency starts review on Woodfibre LNG project

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office on Dec. 29 formally accepted for review an application from Woodfibre LNG Ltd. for an environmental certificate on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project.

Woodfibre has indicated to EAO that they will update the application to incorporate all the additional information provided to EAO during a screening period. EAO has also provided Woodfibre with a list of minor errors that should be considered prior to resubmission of the application. EAO will initiate its 180-day review once it hasreceived and approved the revised application and the company has verified that copies of the application have been distributed to members of a project review Working Group. The review period is expected to commence the week of Jan. 12, 2015.

Woodfibre LNG proposes to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas export facility on the previous Woodfibre Pulp and Paper Mill site located approximately 7 kilometers west-southwest of the urban center of Squamish, British Columbia. The facility would produce up to 2.1 million tonnes per year of LNG. Power for the facility would be produced off-site and wheeled to the project.

Technology company The Linde Group said Sept. 11 that it won a contract to provide engineering and procurement services for this project. Woodfibre is a unit of energy resources development company Pacific Oil & Gas.

Linde said it will be responsible for the extended basic engineering as well as the procurement and supply of critical equipment items. Based on an “all-electric-drive” using hydropower only, the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions will be minimized, the company added.

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