Two years has passed since last we checked in with Captain Mark Turner, Senior Marine Advisor, LNG Canada, to learn about the proposed multi-billion dollar state-of-the-art LNG export facility at the old Methanex site in Kitimat. At that time, LNG Canada had just completed its TERMPOL submission; had its Environmental Assessment Certificate accepted by the B.C. Environmental Office; and was working its way through a plethora of regulatory requirements, communications initiatives and logistics studies. Today, in an exclusive interview with Turner, we find the team at LNG Canada hasn’t slowed down one bit and, despite the decision to delay the Financial Investment Decision, the project is still very much alive and making impressive progress to ensure success.
LNG Canada is a joint venture partnership comprising Shell Canada Ltd. (50 per cent ownership), PetroChina Company (20 per cent), Korea Gas Corporation (15 per cent), and Mitsubishi Corporation (15 per cent). The project includes the design, construction and operation of a natural gas liquefaction plant, utilities, storage facilities, including port construction with marine off-loading facilities, and shipping. The facility will initially consist of two identical liquefaction trains, each with the capacity to produce 6.5 million tonnes of LNG annually, with an option to expand in the future with two additional trains, resulting in an ultimate capacity of 26 million tonnes per annum LNG.
Located in Kitimat, adjacent to the Rio Tinto smelter, the site has a deep, protected harbour located at the head of Douglas Channel, providing an ice-free shipping route to the Pacific Ocean throughout the year.