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LNG developers forge alliance

As the eyes of the LNG world turn to the Northwest, four of the largest liquefied natural gas proponents have come together to push for the export of B.C. gas to Asia.

The B.C. LNG Developers Alliance, formed earlier this month, includes Lelu Island terminal developers Pacific NorthWest LNG, Ridley Island LNG developers the BG Group, Shell-led LNG Canada and Chevron-led Kitimat LNG. Rod Maier, manager of external communications with Chevron Canada for Kitimat LNG, said the alliance is still very much in its infancy.

“We have been having discussions and have created a framework for the alliance ... we are still working out the details around governance and hiring staff, so we have not gone live yet,” he said, noting a launch will happen once staff is in place.

“Ideally the association would have been in place last year, but the launch will probably be in the coming months.”

Although discussions continue, Maier said the alliance was undertaken to promote collaboration in  areas of common interest. As well, the alliance plans to create a program to create more awareness of the industry.

“Increasing education about our industry is a key component, along with establishing common best practices and goals,” said Maier.

While the alliance aims to create a united voice for LNG, the companies will remain competitive in securing agreements and customers.

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