Another Canadian project may be on horizon with BC move

Tuesday, 13 July 2021
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A third large-scale LNG export joint venture is being considered based on previous projects discussed since 2015 and has been outlined by a First Nation representative at a council meeting in the city of Terrace located near the Skeena River in northern British Columbia.

A spokesman for the Ksi Lisims LNG project, Paul Anderson, said such a venture could come on stream by late 2026 or 2027 if current open permits are acted upon in a timely manner.

Anderson said the Ksi Lisims project was negotiating with two pipeline companies who already have environmental approvals to build the pipelines.

He named the potential pipeline developers as Enbridge Inc. and its Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project and TC Energy’s Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline (PRGT).

The pipelines were considered for the now-cancelled LNG projects around the port of Prince Rupert, including one proposed by BG Group of the UK, since taken over in 2017 by Royal Dutch Shell.

The BG project had been planned for Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert.

According to Anderson, both pipeline companies had already received one-time only extensions of their original environmental permits and requiring construction to start by 2024.

“We are negotiating with both and we plan to announce our pipeline proponent fairly soon,” said Anderson at the council meeting.

Since 2015, the Nisga'a Nation of northern BC has being considering how its support for LNG could lead to participation in its own project.

The PRGT had already been part of agreements with the Nisga'a First Nation.

Anderson sketched out a development plan, including a floating facility located on the north end of Pearse Island at a location called Wil Milit, a 114-hectare site owned by the Nisga’a Lisims Government.

He noted that the site is just 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) from Ginglox, the Nisga’a village at the mouth of the Nass River, where a construction camp would likely be set up.

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