British Columbia agency works on review of WCC LNG Project

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office said in a Nov. 10 notice that it will hold a Dec. 8 local open house related to a planned application by WCC LNG Project Ltd. for environmental approval to develop and operate the WCC LNG Project, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and marine terminal for the export of LNG.

The proposed project would be located on the eastern shore of Tuck Inlet within the city limits of Prince Rupert, BC. It would export up to approximately 30 million tonnes per annum of LNG to international markets.

The proposed project is subject to review under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act and is also undergoing a substituted environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Prior to submission of an application for a certificate by the company, the provincial Environmental Assessment Office must first approve the Application Information Requirements (AIR).

The AIR will specify the studies to be conducted and the detailed information to be provided by the proponent in its application. The EAO invites public comments on the draft AIR which will be available for review starting on Nov. 23. To provide information about the AIR, the EAO invites the public to attend a Dec. 8 open house in Prince Rupert. There will be 45 days for the submission of comments by the public in relation to the draft AIR. The comment period will begin on Nov. 23 and end on Jan. 6, 2016.

The Environmental Assessment Office on April 27 issued an order officially putting this project into the environmental 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. That application has not been updated since then.

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

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