Presenting to the Chamber was LNG Buy B.C. Advocate Gordon Wilson. Wilson confesses he wasn’t sold on LNG at first but after doing research on the topic he feels it provides the province with great benefits.
“I came at this as a bit of a skeptic myself because of what I was reading in international press. I came in it thinking ‘I don’t know, there seems to be a tremendous hype on what’s going on’, he confesses. “Since I’ve been engaged, involved and analyze what the potentials are I really do believe this is an opportunity that’s going to transform the economy of British Columbia. It’s one that we should not be fearful of.”
Wilson adds that businesses are being encouraged to attend the upcoming LNG conference in Vancouver in order to better prepare themselves with what will be required for bidding
“The main message from the LNG Buy B.C. program is for British Columbia business to get engaged and find out what it takes to get engaged and to work with those existing programs,” he says. “Come down to the May 21st-23rd LNG conference in Vancouver, get exposure, find out where efficiencies may exist in your operation in terms of certifications and requirements to bid at to make sure that you address those so that you can properly benefit from the projects. The opportunity is significant. For those that get in now on the ground floor and do the work to upgrade themselves to be able to participate the benefits are going to be long term.”
Wilson is well aware of the concerns have been expressed with LNG when it comes to fracking but he noted that you can’t compare British Columbia to what is happening elsewhere in the world with their respective LNG industries.
“I think people tend to generalize from information that comes from other jurisdictions and other operations that don’t reflect what’s being done in British Columbia. You can’t make general statements or general analysis of operations say in the United States or other parts in the world if they are dealing with a different geology than we are,” he states. “I think it’s really important for people to be careful not to engage in a lot of rhetoric that frankly is not accurate or true. Our process are different and I think our processes are among the safest and best in the world.”
The LNG Buy B.C. program is in its early stages. The goals are to build a website that allows people to connect directly to those engaged with the industry, procurement officers, and proponents with the industry. It also aims to determine what companies are doing, what they need, and the impact that will be had on places such as Fort St. John.