More specifically, the contract will encompass environmental impact assessments, preliminary front-end engineering and design, geotechnical investigation, and permitting approvals support for the project.
The contract, which also includes support from Canadian-based environmental consultation group Hemmera, is the first major milestone for the proposed project since Huu-ay-aht citizens voted in favour of continuing to explore the proposed project at their People’s Assembly on November 29, 2014.
“In the lead up to our People’s Assembly vote in November, and since then, our citizens identified a wide range of environmental issues that are important to them,” Huu-ay-aht Councillor John Jack says. “Huu-ay-aht has a strong relationship with Steelhead, and our Nation is confident that this will also be true with WorleyParsons and Hemmera. We look forward to working closely with their personnel to examine issues raised by citizens over the coming months.”
The proposed project, which is expected to produce 24-mtpa of LNG per year, is one of the largest proposed facilities in B.C., according to Steelhead LNG.
WorleyParsons says they’re committed in creating local partnership to ensure regional employment opportunities are made available.
If a Final Investment Decision is made by 2018, the LNG facility would create up to 4,000 jobs during the construction phase, another 300 – 400 full-time jobs once the plant is operational, and generate “hundreds of spin-off jobs and business opportunities” in many sectors, says Steelhead LNG. Some of these sectors they allude to include food and hospitality, security, health services and other industrial services.
“We’re pleased to formalize our relationship with a world leader like WorleyParsons, who contribute their tremendous LNG experience and expertise,” says Nigel Kuzemko, CEO, Steelhead LNG. “This deal is a reflection of our commitment to Huu-ay-aht citizens and British Columbia at large to investigate possible environmental impacts of the project, along with other technical and economic aspects, prior to making any decision to proceed with development.”
WorleyPasons will begin the newly awarded actitvies for the proposed project immediately, including investigative field work – also said to stimulate the regional economy by using local wildlife monitors and boat charters.