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Pacific NorthWest LNG

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Lelu Island
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Pacific NorthWest LNG is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Lelu Island within the District of Port Edward on land administered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

Pacific NorthWest LNG is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Lelu Island within the District of Port Edward on land administered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority. PETRONAS, Sinopec, JAPEX, Indian Oil Corporation and PetroleumBRUNEI are all shareholders in Pacific NorthWest LNG and the associated natural gas supply. The facility would liquefy and export natural gas produced by Progress Energy Canada Ltd. in northeast British Columbia. Pacific NorthWest LNG will create new economic and social benefits for the local community, BC and Canada in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner. 

The first phase of the Project would include two liquefaction trains (estimated output of 6 MTPA per train), two LNG storage tanks, marine infrastructure, a material off-leading facility, administration and auxiliary buildings, and a bridge to Lelu Island. The Project would create up to 4,500 jobs during construction, 330 careers during operations and an additional 300 spinoff jobs in the community.

Project Timeline
Milestone Date
Completed a detailed feasibility study December 2012
Pacific NorthWest LNG submitted project description to CEAA Feb 2013
JAPEX became a partner April 2013
Awarded three FEED contracts May 2013
Applied for NEB Export License July 2013
PetroleumBRUNEI became a partner December 2014
Submitted Environmental Impact Statement to CEAA and BC EAO Feb 2014
Indian Oil Corporation became a partner March 2014
Federal Government approved NEB Export License March 2014
Sinopec became a partner April 2014
BC EAO granted a 45-day extension for addition consultation September 2014
Submitted design Mitigations to BC EAO and CEAA October 2014
Environmental Assessment Certificate approved by the BC Government November 2014
Draft Environmental Assessment Report released by CEAA February 2016
Government of Canada Approves Environmental Assessment September 2016
Final Investment Decision est. 2017
Construction begins est. 2017
Commercial operations begin est. 2021

Project Update

September 2016

The Government of Canada Approves Pacific NorthWest LNG Project

On September 30, 2016, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, and the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, announced the Federal Cabinet's decision to approve the $11 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG Project after a rigorous federal environmental assessment.

The project is subject to over 190 legally binding conditions, determined through extensive scientific study, that will lessen the environmental impacts of the project. For example, Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd. will be required to comply with mitigation measures that will minimize adverse effects on fish, fish habitat, marine mammals, wetlands, migratory birds, and human health.

The project will be subject to a rigorous compliance and enforcement regime, which includes establishing environmental monitoring committees comprised of Indigenous peoples, and federal and provincial representatives, for the first time ever. Technical experts will monitor the project and will have the authority to stop project activities that do not comply with the conditions.

In reviewing the project, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change applied the interim principles for environmental assessments announced in January with the Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, designed to restore confidence of Canadians in the process. Examples of how the principles were applied to this project are detailed below.  The decision also imposes – for the first time ever – a maximum cap on annual project greenhouse gas emissions.

Read the Government of Canada's news release and full Environmental Assessment Decision Statement on the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.


Project Update

June 2016

CEAA Determines Proponent Final Response Satisfies Information Request

The proponent has submitted its final response to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) in relation to the March 18, 2016 information request. The Agency has determined that the proponent's final response satisfies the information request. The legislated timeline for the project, including a three-month extension granted by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, has resumed.

Project Update

March 2016

Request For Additional Information & Extension of Time Limit for the Issuance of a Decision Statement

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has requested additional information from Pacific NorthWestLNG Ltd. (the proponent) for the federal environmental assessment of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Project, located in British Columbia.

The Agency is committed to conducting a high-quality, thorough and science-based environmental assessment that is fair, transparent and that takes into account the views of Canadians, including Indigenous groups.

On March 4, 2016, the Agency received new information from the proponent, which contains additional details about the project and changes to its construction schedule and methods. This information must be reviewed, analyzed, and considered in the final Environmental Assessment Report.

As a result, the Agency has requested additional information from the proponent in order to determine whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The information request pauses the legislated timeline, which will resume once the proponent has satisfied the information request.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, at the Agency's request, has granted a three-month extension to the legislated timeline for the project. The government intends to make a final decision on the project within that timeframe, once the legislated timeline resumes.

The Agency recognizes the importance of timely decisions, while balancing the need for a fair and thorough process that is grounded in science. This extension will ensure all available and relevant information and science is considered, including over 34,000 comments recently received from the public to allow for informed decision-making.

The Agency will continue to work diligently with the technical working group for the project, including Indigenous groups and federal experts, to review the information and finalize the environmental assessment report and conditions.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change pursuant to subsection 27(3) of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 has extended the time limit for her environmental assessment decision under subsection 52(1) by three months.

Project Update

February 2016

Draft Environmental Assessment Report Available For Public Comment

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency invites the public to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, a document that includes the Agency's conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project, the proposed mitigation measures, the significance of adverse environmental effects, and the follow-up program.

In keeping with the recently announced interim approach and principles for environmental assessments, information on anticipated direct and upstream greenhouse gas emissions linked to the project is included in the draft Report.

The Agency also invites the public to comment on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project. These potential conditions would become legally binding on the proponent if the Minister of Environment and Climate Change ultimately issues a decision statement indicating the project may proceed.

This project has benefited from several public and Indigenous consultation opportunities. This is the final public comment period in the process. All comments received will be considered public and posted to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry website.

Written comments must be submitted by March 11, 2016 to:

Pacific NorthWest LNG Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990

Following the public comment period, the Environmental Assessment Report and recommended environmental assessment conditions will be finalized and provided to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. The Minister will then consider all of the information, including input from Indigenous groups and the public, and make a determination as to whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

Project Update

September 2015

Continuation of Investigative Works

Pacific Northwest LNG is taking core samples to test soil conditions and determine the location and quality of rock on Lelu Island, near shore and in the marine environment in the area where marine infrastructure is to be located.  This information will be used in the designing of marine facilities and will inform environmental mitigation plans.  This is not the start of construction.

This work includes geophysical surveys, marine geotechnical work (i.e borehole drilling to collect core samples), and geotechnical work on Lelu Island for the proposed suspension bridge and bridge to Port Edward.

More information and details can be found on the Pacific NorthWest LNG website (click here).

The investigative work is expected to begin in early September and to be completed by December.

Of note, access to Porpoise Channel will not be impacted.  No work will take place on Flora Bank.  

Mariners should check in with the Notice to Mariners system broadcast on local marine channels for up-to-date information once work begins.

Project Update

January 2015

Committed to mitigating environmental impacts

In December 2014, it was announced that Pacific NorthWest LNG’s partners would make a final investment decision once there is more clarity on important project components that affect the economic viability of the proposed Project.

Pacific NorthWest LNG was granted an environmental assessment certificate from the BC government based on recommendations from the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) in November 2014. The certificate is subject to eight legally binding conditions that Pacific NorthWest LNG is committed to fulfilling. Pacific NorthWest LNG has also submitted an environmental assessment application to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) and looks forward to a decision from the Federal government regarding the application in 2015.

In October 2014, Pacific NorthWest LNG submitted design mitigations to the BC EAO and CEAA which included updated marine infrastructure. Pacific NorthWest LNG will now use a combination of suspension bridge and traditional trestle to reach the marine berths in naturally deep water located in Chatham Sound.

Project Statistics
construction jobs, 330 long-term careers in operations, 300 spinoff jobs in the community
in annual tax and royalty payments to local, provincial and federal governments
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