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FortisBC to supply LNG for B.C. Ferries’ three new vessels

The amount spent on the project remains confidential at this point, but B.C. Ferries has gone on record to say FortisBC provided $6 million in incentive to fund the new ferries. The first vessel is expected to be operational in late 2016 while the other two are anticipated to follow in 2017. As part of the contract, FortisBC will supply approximately...

Chevron eases spending on Kitimat LNG project

CEO John Watson says Chevron is cutting worldwide spending on LNG by 20 per cent this year to $8 billion, adding, “People are pretty cautious right now in the LNG market.” Chevron is not completely giving up on the project  – with plans to develop gas fields in the Laird Basin, secure permits and reach agreements with First Nations, according to Watson. The...

B.C.’s economic forecast and the northern region

“B.C.’s economy is much more diversified; Alberta is really all about the oil, so when oil goes south the economy is hurt really badly,” Peacock explains of B.C.’s economic advantage. “In contrast, we don’t have very much oil in B.C. We have lumber that’s going to do well, we’ve got a fairly robust services export segment, we’ve got some...

The Sydney Morning Herald: Shell Canada ditching Australian project; focusing on B.C.

Shell announced on Thursday their three-year plan to cut spending by $15 billion as result of falling natural gas and oil prices. This represents a 15 per cent decrease on the original budget of approximately $40 billion. Shell plans on building a natural gas pipeline near Dawson Creek to Kitimat, where the liquefied gas will be loaded onto tankers and shipped...

NEB approves Woodside Energy LNG export licence

The proposed natural gas liquefaction terminal is slated to be constructed just north of Prince Rupert. The issuance of this licence is subject to the approval of the Governor in Council. “When evaluating natural gas and LNG export licence applications, the board considers if the quantity of gas proposed to be exported is surplus to Canadian requirements, taking into account trends...

AltaGas, partners move forward with Douglas Channel LNG

In addition, the consortium has secured long-term lease agreements with the Haisla Nation regarding land and water usage, and with Pacific Northern Gas for long-term pipeline capacity to supply gas to the project. Douglas Channel LNG almost filed for bankruptcy after running out of money, but AltaGas decided to step-in and negotiated an agreement in an effort to salvage the...

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

“ goal 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...

TransCanada seeks local contractors amid project approval

“Contained within their contract to TransCanada will be a local participation program that covers Aboriginal procurement, business opportunities, and also non-Aboriginal,” explains Bone of the agreement made with prime contactors. “…They’ll be working very closely with the communities within Fort St. John and others to outline where opportunities are coming.” In fact, Bone says the Aboriginal community’s procurement of particular...

Council debates impact of work camps directly within city limits

“As large-scale projects related to natural resource extraction and the Site C Dam construction continue to ramp up in the area surrounding Fort St. John, the city finds itself pressed to answer the question – do we want to allow work camps within the city boundary?” City Planner Jennifer Decker proposed to City Council. “Currently the OCP, or Official...

Final First Nation signs on to support TransCanada Pipeline

The Moricetown Band has reached agreements for two proposed natural gas pipeline projects to become partners in B.C.’s liquefied natural gas industry and opening the door to economic growth within its community and membership. The Moricetown Band will receive approximately $6 million as project milestones are reached: $998,000 upon the agreement coming into effect, $2.49 million when construction begins, and...

The province exempts FortisBC from parts of regulatory process in support of LNG objective

FortisBC will however still be required to obtain all necessary environmental approvals and other permits, as well as consult with the public and First Nations. A press release from the desk of Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett says the decision was made “to provide certainty that will support final investment decisions by LNG proponents and large volume natural...

Dismal start to first natural gas and crown petroleum rights sale of 2015

Only eight of the 18 parcels offered were purchased and the average price was $618.30 per hectare. That left the bonus bids total at just over $2.2 million, making it the lowest January sale in the post depression period. The previous low was in 2009, when the first sale of the calendar year resulted in a total of $7.1 million. It should...

The pros and cons of B.C.’s LNG aspiration

“The script that we thought it would go by might turn out to be different but that’s ok because we are still seeing progress and I am really pleased about that,” Premier Clark told 250 News. That noted, a new report released by investment firm Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. is predicting only two LNG projects slated for B.C. will...

First Nations continue signing LNG benefits agreements with provincial government

The agreements – signed with the Gitxaala First Nation, Kitselas First Nation, and Yekooche First Nation – cover the pipeline projects of TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink, the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission, and Spectra’s Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission. According to the province, pipeline benefit-sharing offers First Nations the opportunity to partner in economic development, provide jobs and business opportunities, and “is a...

Falling crude oil price reduces size of Encana South Peace lodge

“The lodge size and the construction timeline were impacted to an extent by global conditions,” explains Encana spokesperson Doug McIntyre. “However having said that, the Montney area itself remains one of our key growth areas, both as a long-term strategic asset, and for this year, it’s one of four assets in our portfolio that’s going to receive more than...

First natural gas and crown petroleum rights sale of 2015 this week

The province officially finished the last calendar year with a bonus bids total of $382.7 million, and at $209.6 million, the November sale was responsible for nearly 55 per cent of it. It was the best year of the last four, and exceeded each one of the previous three by more than $150 million. This week’s sale is expected to offer...

Work to be done before benefits reaped by proposed LNG industry, says President of B.C. LNG Alliance

“This afternoon I’m going to address four things; who is the B.C. LNG Alliance? The future I believe B.C.’s natural gas can provide Asia, the challenges we face in developing the LNG industry, and the opportunities that are there for all of us,” Keane says during his introduction. The B.C. LNG Alliance is a mesh of provincial government officials and...

Woodfibre LNG seek public input amid EAO’s decision on environmental approval

Some possible points of contention is which the company itself points to include the effect on wildlife and fish, tourism/provincial economics, infrastructure, air quality, public health and the displacement of land. “These factors are considered as a component of the assessment of effects that fall under the five pillars identified by EAO environment,” Woodfible LNG states in their public application. These...
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