The four members are: Petronas-led Pacific NorthWest LNG, Shell Canada Energy, Prince Rupert LNG and Kitimat LNG project, which is co-owned by Chevron Corp. and Apache Corp.
The ‘B.C. LNG Developers Alliance’ hopes to promote the LNG industry and engage in public consultation, which in turn they hope will win the hearts of First Nations and other affected communities. Part of that plan is to participate in community outreach and labour training.
There’s also a plan to build “an LNG literacy program designed to inform B.C residents about the industry.”
“British Columbia is struggling to ensure that LNG projects deliver benefits to taxpayers, minimize environmental impacts, and address concerns of First Nations and other local communities, while ensuring proponents see a rate of return that justifies the massive investment required,” said a KPMG report on global LNG competition, released to The Globe and Mail.
The Globe and Mail is reporting three smaller LNG projects are considering the alliance, “which would get help from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers on issues related to drilling for natural gas.”
The alliance is reportedly entertaining the idea of sharing gas pipeline infrastructure instead of competing lines with the 14 LNG proposals in the works, although they would remain competitors during export process.
International competition is also a priority for the alliance.