The review of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has reportedly found that major remedial measures have to be taken to avoid adverse environmental impact.
Citing sources, Reuters reports that CEAA’s report finds the Petronas-led multi-billion project needs to take certain measure to counter the possible impact on the environment before the construction could begin.
The Canadian minister of environment Catherine McKenna is set to present the report findings to the cabinet of the prime minister Justin Trudeau that has until October 2 to decide on the approval of the project in British Columbia.
The project faced stern opposition from environmental groups as well as aboriginal groups.
Even if Trudeau’s government approves the project it remains to be seen whether Petronas progresses with to the final investment decision.
The Malaysian company said earlier this year that it would review the report to further determine their impact on the overall cost structure and schedule of the project.
Based on the government’s decision, combined with LNG market outlook and overall project commerciality, Petronas said it will develop the proposal for the final investment decision on the project.
The proposed facility will comprise an initial development of two LNG trains of approximately 6 million tons per annum each, and a subsequent development of a third train of approximately 6 mtpa.
Petronas, Sinopec, JAPEX, Indian Oil Corporation and PetroleumBRUNEI are all shareholders in Pacific NorthWest LNG and the associated natural gas supply.
LNG World News Staff