British Columbia kicks off enviro review of LNG project with 500 MW of generation

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office on April 27 issued an order officially putting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project of WCC LNG Project Ltd. into the environmental assessment process.

WCC LNG proposes to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas export facility and associated marine terminal located in Tuck Inlet and District Lot 444 within the city limits of Prince Rupert, B.C. The project would have a storage capacity of up to 1,600,000 m3 and would produce up to approximately 30 million tonnes per year of LNG.

On Jan. 7, the provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) issued an order stating that the proposed project requires an environmental assessment certificate. On Feb. 26, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency determined that an environmental assessment of the proposed project is required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the federal Minister of the Environment approved the EAO’s request for substitution. The April 27 order now kicks off that provincial assessment process.

The proposed project would generate, at full build out, around 500 MW of electrical power through gas-fired turbine or steam turbine capacity. Options for power off the BC Hydro grid are also being looked at, said the December 2014 application from the company.

The backers of WCC LNG are ExxonMobil Canada and Imperial Oil Resources.

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