LNG Canada gets environmental approval

Shell-led LNG Canada said it has secured environmental approvals from both the federal and British Columbia governments.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has approved the project’s environmental assessment and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office has issued an environmental assessment certificate for its proposed four train liquefied natural gas export terminal in Kitimat, LNG Canada said in a statement on Wednesday.

The provincial and federal approvals conclude the project’s environmental assessment review process.

Andy Calitz, CEO of LNG Canada, said, “Receiving both provincial and federal approval of our Environmental Assessment is a critical milestone on our path to making a final investment decision.”

The EAO and CEAA have identified conditions that must be met by LNG Canada to manage potential effects associated with the proposed project and meet provincial and federal permit and reporting requirements. To meet the requirements, the project is developing a number of detailed plans that set out how it will manage its activities and potential impacts, as well as enhance the positive effects the project will have.

To meet the requirements, the project is developing a number of detailed plans that set out how it will manage its activities and potential impacts, as well as enhance the positive effects the project will have, the statement said.

According to the statement, LNG Canada and its contractors will hire up to 7,500 workers at the peak of construction, as well as spend an estimated $8 billion on goods and services within Canada, of which an estimated $3 billion will be spent in B.C.

The approval of its environmental assessment certificate will allow LNG Canada to progress with other key initiatives for the proposed project including applying for additional permits required to construct and operate the facility. The project must ensure it is economically viable and meets several other significant milestones related to gas supply, engineering and cost estimates,

The project must ensure it is economically viable and meets several other significant milestones related to gas supply, engineering and cost estimates, supply of labour, and regulatory approvals before making a final investment decision.

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LNG World News Staff; Image: LNG Canada

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