LNG Canada’s application for an environmental assessment certificate for its proposed LNG export facility in Kitimat, B.C. has been accepted by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office and entered the 180-day application review phase.
The EAO’s acceptance of LNG Canada’s application marks the culmination of more than three years of environmental studies, design work and engagement with local communities and Aboriginal Groups, LNG Canada said in a statement.
The application includes details regarding the proposed project’s economic and social benefits, environmental effects, and mitigation measures to avoid or reduce those effects.
“Our Application’s acceptance is a significant milestone for our proposed project and a demonstration of LNG Canada’s commitment to consider local knowledge and insight to inform how the project can benefit local First Nations and communities, and for the region to achieve its social, economic and environmental aspirations,” said Andy Calitz, CEO, LNG Canada.
LNG Canada has selected natural gas turbines for the liquefaction process to minimize fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The company estimates the proposed facility will have a greenhouse gas emission intensity of about 0.15 tonne CO2e/tonne LNG produced, which is lower than benchmarks recently introduced by the B.C. Government.
Shell, Kogas, Mitsubishi and PetroChina are working together to design, build and operate the proposed LNG Canada project
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