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Kitsault or bust – an entrepreneur’s aspiration for an LNG terminal

“[The] goal [is to] create a dedicated energy corridor and export terminal for energy out of Kitsault,” says Suthanthiran.

Suthanthiran says his project is poised to be chosen as one of the many export proponents looking to set-up shop in B.C., and while the only regularly approval he’s secured has been an export order for 20 million tonnes per year from the National Energy Board – not to be confused with an export licence – he remains optimistic.

“You go back and look at all of the proponents; everybody’s trying to find a place, everybody’s trying to go somewhere,” Suthanthiran goes on to explain. “Both TransCanada and Spectra are tying to bring in a pipeline either through Kitsault or near Kitsault, so I think what you see there is that we have a town, we have an infrastructure, and again I’m an optimistic person – if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”

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In fact, Suthanthiran says he’s been informally contacting First Nations and other affected residents in an effort to engage the community in his LNG aspirations.

“I’ve been to a number of First Nations meetings, and also I have met a number of times with the Nisga’a president and his team,” Suthanthiran says. “I think that any discussion with the community; it’s a continuing and ongoing one – there’s no start or stop.”

Suthanthiran says the land of Kitsault was actually surveyed by the federal and provincial government 35 years ago for a possible port site and it was found to be a suitable candidate.

“Right now, B.C. and fellow governments are looking to add another port in northwest B.C., because of increased traffic; they see what’s happening in Prince Rupert and Kitimat, and what the potential future LNG traffic [presents].”

Suthanthiran’s goal is to export 5 million tonnes of LNG per year, and says production may increase into 20 million tonnes.

He hopes the terminal will be running by 2018 – 2019.

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