The LNG Canada project is approved for construction. Key features of our proposed facility include:
- LNG Processing Units: Natural gas will enter the processing units, or ‘trains’ – where carbon dioxide, water, condensate, sulphur and any other impurities will be separated out. The gas will then be chilled to approximately -162 degrees Celsius and turned into LNG. Condensates will be stored and railed out to market.
- Storage Tanks: LNG will be piped to storage tanks until it is loaded onto LNG carriers at the wharf.
- LNG Loading Lines: Two LNG loading lines will transfer LNG from the storage tanks to the wharf and the LNG carrier. They will be insulated to conserve energy and to keep the LNG in its liquid form.
- Marine Terminal: An existing wharf will be redesigned to accommodate up to two LNG carriers at a time. Every LNG carrier will be assisted at the terminal by up to three tugboats – tugs will maneuver alongside the LNG carrier, positioning it at a very low speed until the LNG carrier is secured at the berth.
- Rail Yard: The rail yard inside the facility will be connected into an existing rail system, which will be used to load condensate, a petroleum liquid that is one of the natural by-products of turning natural gas into LNG. The condensate will be stored temporarily in tanks on the site and then transported off-site by rail car for sale to customers.
- Water Treatment Facility: The facility will draw water from the Kitimat River for use in process cooling, drinking and other purposes. Water taken from the river will be treated as needed prior to use. Water will be reused in a closed loop system to reduce water loss. Most of the water used by the cooling system will evaporate during use. Water that does not evaporate will be treated, along with any other facility wastewater, in an on-site wastewater treatment facility before releasing it into Kitimat Arm.
- Flare Stacks: Two flare stacks – one that is approximately 60 metres tall and a second that is approximately 125 metres tall – will act as safety devices, a common feature in all LNG facilities. When the facility is operating normally, residents can expect to see a relatively small clean burning flame (essentially, a pilot light) at the top of the stacks. The size of this pilot light will be approximately three feet in height, and will likely not be visible during the day.
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