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New Opportunity Development Agreement signed between industry and First Nations

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Steelhead LNG applied to the National Energy Board for a license to export up to 30,000,000 tonnes of LNG per year for 25 years, creating hundreds of direct construction jobs and additional full-time operational jobs.

The National Energy Board has already approved export licenses for nine projects in British Columbia, and now has five more under review.

The site will be split into 4 different LNG production facilities, each producing 6 mtpa (million tonnes per annum).

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The Nations Project Development Panel (PDP) has also been developed between the company and First Nations, with the goal to increase First Nations input and direction in the LNG project.   

The joint panel also ensures “several comprehensive regulatory, environmental and technical assessments,” and is also said to “only proceed after extensive consultation with Huu-ay-aht citizens, including a vote on a possible land lease to project” during an assembly in November 2014.

“We recognize that between now and the time the first shipment of LNG might leave our proposed facility, thousands of decisions will have to be made and we have to get every one of them right,” CEO of Steelhead LNG, Nigel Kuzemko said. “…The decisions we make together will be measured against our joint responsibility to ensure that lands on which we hope to operate are safeguarded for generations to come.”

The PDP also plans to put in place community engagement initiatives such as a project website, community meetings and regular project updates.

Some of the front-runners in the race to develop Canada’s LNG industry include Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron Corp, who are concurrently developing rival projects in other parts of the world.

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