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Company pursues 'aggressive' northwestern BC liquefied natural gas timeline
KITSAULT Energy, the company wishing to build a liquefied natural gas facility close to the near-abandoned town of Kitsault, says it's working within an “aggressive timeline” to bring its project through to the development and operational stage of the process.
The privately-owned company, which filed its 25-year natural gas export licence application with the National Energy Board (NEB) late last year, is looking to catch up to other LNG proponents in the area, some who have already been given the green light by the NEB with permits to export LNG.
As filed in their export permit application, the company's focus is on developing a floating LNG facility with a plant capable of producing and exporting up to five million tonnes per year, said Dave Pernarowski, Kitsault Energy's director of community and First Nations affairs, via email early last week, noting the company has stated it would like to be producing and shipping LNG by 2017.
That floating LNG terminal, which would be constructed in phases, would be a permanent part of the company's strategy, he said.
“Our plan does include building a land-based LNG facility that could produce up to 30 million tons of LNG per year,” he said, noting the company is still studying the feasibility of a land-based operation in Kitsault.
The company still needs to secure partners or investors to supply the natural gas, build the approximately 600-pipeline to bring the product to Kitsault, and construct the LNG facilities it wants built.
Pernarowski, who is also the mayor of Terrace, said the company has signed a memorandum of understanding with an Asian partner, the details of which have not been released, and is in talks with other partners.
The company has also been talking with First Nations groups across the north, he said, but did not provide specifics by press time.
“Kitsault Energy's next steps will be to secure partners in this project, complete the process to secure an export licence, bring all affected First Nations to the table to discuss the impacts and community benefits of a large scale project like Kitsault Energy,” he said.