LNG Journal editor
The British Colombia Environmental Assessment Office extended the public comment period by six days for the amended permit request proposed for the Canadian Woodfibre LNG project. The comment period ended at midnight on December 15.
The EAO said the extension was because of an interruption in access to its computer system for the request to site a floating hotel near the project that was not in the original plan.
The purpose of the amended application was for Woodfibre to include a temporary self-contained floating worker accommodation, known as a Flotel and with associated onshore and offshore facilities.
Woodfibre LN is a small-scale venture with plans to export to Asia. It is to be sited near the town of Squamish and was granted a permit in July 2019 by the provincial authorities to proceed with construction.
However, it had not taken into account the high level of accommodation that would be needed for the workforce.
The Woodfibre liquefaction plant will be on the site of a former pulp mill about 7 kilometres from Squamish and 70km north of Vancouver.
It will comprise a facility with output of 2.1 million tonnes per annum and LNG and storage tanks with 250,000 cubic metres of capacity.
Woodfibre is a Canadian subsidiary of Pacific Oil & Gas, a unit of the Royal Golden Eagle group of Indonesian businessman Sukanto Tanoto and whose headquarters are in Singapore.
Woodfibre has had close cooperation in the environmental assessment process with the native North American Squamish First Nation.
The Flotel request is for a vessel with around 400-600 beds and associated mooring infrastructure, workforce accommodation and an onboard a marine construction vessel, onshore drinking water treatment and pedestrian access path to the Flotel.
The location of the proposed changes to the permit are all within the certified project area assessed in the application.
“No new significant adverse effects were identified as a result of the amendment,” said the EAO.