A company of significance to all of Canada

When LNG Canada’s Joint Venture Participants – Shell, Petronas, Petro China, Mitsubishi and Kogas – made a final investment decision on October 1, 2018, it signified the culmination of seven years of community engagement and consultation with First Nations, local communities, all levels of government, the business community, regulators and countless others. It showed that British Columbia and Canada are open for business for a major energy project – a project that today represents the largest private sector investment in Canadian history.

Thinking locally and acting globally

Never has the adage, “Think Local, Act Global”, been more appropriate than the LNG Canada project. LNG Canada is constructing an LNG export facility in the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation, near the town of Kitimat, BC, on the west coast of Canada. British Columbia and Canada have some of the highest regulatory requirements and standards in the world, and to meet them, LNG Canada needed to ensure we addressed local issues and concerns, incorporated local and traditional knowledge, and had a comprehensive plan in place to minimize social and environmental impacts of a mega project.

At full build out, LNG Canada will have 4 trains or processing units, each with the capacity to process approximately 7 mtpa of LNG for export to countries in Asia and elsewhere. Our October FID was for the first two trains.

While we worked closely with First Nations at the facility and along the shipping route, and with local communities, our project is one of significance to all of Canada, so we needed to ensure we built relationships within and outside of the local area. At the peak of construction, LNG Canada, and Coastal GasLink, the 670-km pipeline required to transport natural gas from northeastern BC to our facility in Kiitmat, will need 10,000 skilled workers. This number of workers far exceeds what local communities can provide. Committed to keeping these jobs in Canada for local, BC and Canadian workers, LNG Canada understands the importance of meeting both local and national interests.

Enabling the energy transition locally,
provincially, nationally and globally

We needed to think globally, as our project will enable the energy transition well beyond BC and Canada’s borders. Much of the LNG produced in our facility is destined for markets with a heavy reliance on coal to generate power – countries like China that account for about 30 percent of global CO2 emissions. By comparison, Canada accounts for 1.6%, so the responsibility falls to us to use our abundant supplies of natural gas to help the world displace the use of coal, and in the process, substantially reduce GHG emissions worldwide. The LNG produced at our facility, if used by China to displace the use of coal for power generation, would reduce GHG emissions by 60 to 90 mtpa. This is equivalent to closing down 20 to 40 coal- fired plants. This is also equivalent to all of the GHGs produced in British Columbia annually, and 10 percent of Canadian emissions.

LNG Canada has designed our project to achieve the lowest GHG emissions of any large-scale LNG facility currently in operations anywhere in the world – about 50 percent lower than the average facility.

Being trusted and valued

We have worked diligently since our project was first conceived for the LNG Canada name to be synonymous with raising the bar on safety as we aspire to be the Safest Project on Earth; to speak with an authentic voice and share information transparently with First Nations and local communities; to participate in effective First Nations and public engagement that results in a project moving forward and sharing value with them; and to create a workplace that celebrates diversity and inclusion.

Our Company has been investing in workforce development from the outset. We have committed that 25% of the workforce will be earmarked for apprentices – people new to the skilled trades or at the beginning of their careers in the construction trades. We are also reserving space for women to participate in much greater numbers than is typical on a construction site and have put programs in place to remove barriers to their participation.

We are creating a welcoming work environment for everyone.

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