Safety and environment

The Project of Choice

LNG Canada believes that energy development projects and the environment can co-exist as long as the right design and planning are done upfront, the project incorporates local and traditional knowledge, and there is an effective way to monitor performance throughout the life of the project.

Our LNG facility has been designed to meet some of the strictest regulatory standards in the world for both safety and environmental protection. From the outset, we worked closely with the community, Aboriginal groups and with municipal and regional governments to understand how our project can help Kitimat and the region achieve its social, economic and environmental aspirations.

Through a combination of energy-efficient natural gas turbines and renewable electricity from BC Hydro, our project will emit less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of the average LNG facility currently in operation. LNG Canada will have one of the lowest GHG footprints for an LNG facility anywhere in the world.

Our project would emit about 4 million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year at full build out with four processing units, or trains, adding 6.6 percent to the annual B.C. greenhouse gas emissions and 0.6 percent to the annual Canadian greenhouse gas emissions. For countries that rely heavily on coal to produce electricity, the LNG from our project alone could reduce global CO2 emissions by 60 to 90 million tonnes per year, which is more than the total annual emissions of British Columbia and roughly 10 percent of Canada’s total annual emissions.

We conducted extensive research analyzing facilities across the globe. We believe we can design our facility to be more than twice as efficient as the industry average. This would make LNG Canada one of the world’s best performing LNG facilities in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

The average LNG facility globally emits about 0.35 tonnes of greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalent) per tonne of LNG produced, while the LNG Canada facility is being designed to achieve levels of 0.15 tonnes of greenhouse gases per tonne of LNG produced, making it twice as efficient.

LNG Canada’s Environmental Assessment Certificate

One of the most significant approvals a project requires is an Environmental Assessment Certificate, which LNG Canada received in June 2015. This followed three years of meetings and consultation to learn about the community and its aspirations, prepare a variety of studies and ensure we designed a project that lived up to everyone’s expectations.

Safety is one of LNG Canada’s core values and is critical to our ability to deliver energy responsibly.

LNG Canada’s Environmental Assessment Application covers all of the major project components – the LNG facility, shipping route, the marine terminal, and the supporting infrastructure and facilities. For a summary of LNG Canada’s Environmental Assessment Certificate Application, please download this PDF.