Mar 17, 2022
LNG Canada provides $1.2 million in funding towards a new snowblower for Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat
March 17, 2022, Vancouver, B.C- Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat (YXT) has taken possession of a new, high capacity snowblower that makes snow removal on its two runways, taxiways and tarmac quicker and more efficient, improving flight arrival and departure time reliability in cold weather months and creating a safer environment for aircraft during landing, takeoff and taxiing operations.
Manufactured specifically for airports by Canadian company, Airport Technologies Inc., the Snow Wolf SB-1050 can clear 7,500 tons of snow in just 60 minutes, and has a maximum ground speed capability of 80 kilometres per hour.
LNG Canada contributed $1.2 million for the purchase of the Snow Wolf through its social investment program. The pillars of the program – workforce and enterprise, environment, community wellness and education – guide strategic investments that LNG Canada makes in the social needs and infrastructure of the communities in which it operates.
Billed as the “fastest, most powerful snow blower in the industry,” the Snow Wolf’s snow-chomping attributes and durability made it an ideal choice for YXT, which receives well over one metre of snow in a typical winter, and can get hit hard on any given day. It has already made a difference at YXT, where it replaced an older machine that needed replacement.
YXT is owned and operated by the Terrace-Kitimat Airport Society, an independent, non-governmental not-for-profit corporation. As a not-for-profit corporation, the Airport Society has no shareholders and therefore no shareholder benefits; any profit is used to improve the airport.
“Our new Snow Wolf airport snowblower is a welcome piece of equipment that allows for complete removal of snow in a short amount of time,” says Carman Hendry, Airport General Manager, Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat. “LNG Canada has demonstrated a real commitment to helping us keep our airport running smoothly and safely, and we’re grateful for its support.”
“Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat is a vital transportation hub and plays an increasingly important role in British Columbia’s economy. It serves a diverse client base that includes thousands of LNG Canada project workers,” says Denita McKnight, LNG Canada’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “We’re proud to help support YXT’s demonstrated commitment to safe, reliable operations.”
As one of the largest energy investments in Canadian history, the LNG Canada project is delivering substantial economic, social and community benefits to British Columbia. Since 2013, LNG Canada has delivered more than $10 million to programs benefiting Kitimat, Terrace and First Nations communities.
Other recent funding initiatives from LNG Canada include $500,000 towards the purchase of a new highway rescue vehicle for the City of Terrace Fire Department, a $750,000 commitment to support the expansion of Ocean Wise’s North Coast killer whale and humpback whale conservation research programs and deliver ocean literacy programs to Kitimat and Terrace-area schools, and $500,000 to support Kitimat and Terrace communities in British Columbia during the coronavirus pandemic.
About LNG Canada
The LNG Canada joint venture is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, in the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation. It will initially consist of two LNG processing units referred to as “trains”. LNG Canada is a joint venture comprised of Shell plc, through its affiliate Shell Canada Energy (40%); PETRONAS, through its wholly-owned entity, North Montney LNG Limited Partnership (25%); PetroChina Company Limited, through its subsidiary PetroChina Canada Ltd. (15%); Mitsubishi Corporation, through its subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Partnership (15%); and Korea Gas Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Kogas Canada LNG Ltd (5%). It is operated through LNG Canada Development Inc.