Woodfibre LNG project clears Canadian environmental review process

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said March 18 that Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, has determined that the proposed Woodfibre LNG Project, located near Squamish, British Columbia, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

In her March 17 Environmental Assessment Decision Statement, the Minister established legally binding conditions, which include mitigation measures and follow-up requirements with which the proponent must comply throughout the life of the project.

“The Woodfibre LNG Project underwent a thorough, science-based environmental assessment that considered public and Indigenous input and views,” said McKenna. “The process benefited from scientific and technical expertise, Indigenous traditional knowledge and constructive feedback that helped to inform my decision.”

The government of British Columbia conducted the environmental assessment of the Woodfibre LNG Project on behalf of both the federal and provincial governments, with the participation of several expert federal authorities such as Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Health Canada.

The next steps are for the proponent to obtain approvals and permits, including regulatory authorizations from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada.

Woodfibre LNG Ltd. is proposing the construction, operation, and decommissioning of the Woodfibre LNG Project, to be located approximately 7 kilometers from Squamish, British Columbia, at the former Woodfibre Pulp and Paper Mill site, a brownfield site that includes a deep-water harbou. The project would include a facility, with two natural gas liquefaction trains, a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and offloading unit, a seawater cooling system, as well as shipping of LNG in LNG carriers during operations.

The project would be operational for a minimum of 25 years, and would produce an estimated 2.4 million tonnes of LNG per year at full build out. It would be owned and operated by Woodfibre LNG, an operating entity wholly owned by Pacific Oil & Gas Ltd., which is an energy company within the RGE (Royal Golden Eagle) group of companies, headquartered in Singapore.

The project would be supplied with natural gas from the proposed Eagle Mountain–Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project, owned and operated by FortisBC Energy Vancouver Island Inc. The LNG facility and terminal’s electrical power would be sourced from BC Hydro.

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