SQUAMISH, B.C. – Woodfibre LNG Ltd. announced today that its application to amend its Environmental Assessment Certificate has been approved.
The certificate was originally granted on October 26, 2015. Woodfibre applied to amend its EAC earlier this year to address proposed design changes to its proposed liquified natural gas project near Squamish.
The proposed design changes were due to the Squamish First Nation selecting a new method of cooling the LNG plant, in addition to other changes.
According to Woodfibre LNG Ltd., the design changes include: changing the plant’s cooling system from seawater cooled to air cooled of the plant, upgrading an existing intake on Mill Creek rather than building a new one, and short-term use of water from Woodfibre Creek during construction.
“The amendment approval means Woodfibre LNG can implement the design changes that are a direct result of the Squamish Nation process, and ongoing front-end engineering design work,” said Byng Giraud, Country Manager & Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG Limited.
“We also see the approval as further acknowledgement that Woodfibre LNG is setting the standard for incorporating First Nations and community priorities into the design and operation of an industrial project in British Columbia.”
The Squamish Nation conducted an independent review of the Woodfibre LNG Project under its own environmental assessment process. On October 14, 2015, Squamish Nation issued an Environmental Certificate for the Project that included conditions to be met by Woodfibre LNG. One of the conditions was that the Squamish Nation would evaluate and choose the cooling technology that it found to be acceptable.. In a letter dated October 19, 2016, Squamish Nation informed Woodfibre LNG that members chose air cooling as the technology to be used for the Project.