LNG Report

Coastal GasLink Receives Major Boost After Project Approval in Two First Nations

First Nations to Share Benefits of LNG

[dropcap]The[/dropcap] Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline project has always been one of the most anticipated LNG project for a long time. Although there has been numerous challenges and setbacks, the future now looks very bright for the larger British Columbia. This is after two more First Nations: West Moberly and Nadleh Whut’en all in north-central have given their approval for the project to go on.

This comes in a major boost to the industry as major benefits are anticipated in many LNG regions such as the Dawson Creek area in B.C. TransCanada Corporation which is one of the companies that had expressed interest in shipping LNG by pipeline has welcomed the approval by the two First Nations saying that this will serve as a positive encouragement to other First Nations who are yet to sign the deal to approve the building of the proposed 670km gas pipeline. The total number of communities which have approved the project now stands at 11 and the company is optimistic that progress is being made in negotiations with the other First Nations and a positive outcome is expected soon.

TransCanada Corporation views this project as key to its capital growth plan. The company is setting sights a major growth plan that incorporates more than $13 billion in a number of proposed LNG pipeline projects. The Coastal GasLink pipeline project is set to be among the most beneficial project to the communities in B.C. TransCanada Corporation estimates that about 32% of the total project cost would end up being spent locally. This will translate to a huge economic benefit in the area as the estimated cost of the project is about $4.8 billion, [note]Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Overview[/note].and some of the anticipated benefits include:

  • About 2000 people will get jobs- The LNG pipeline will require labour during construction. Many people are set to benefit through employment from this project. The employment opportunities created will also cut across the board from highly skilled and expert professionals to unskilled labourers. This is a huge opportunity for the people in B.C and anyone looking to explore the benefits of the project.
  • Property tax payment- Property tax payments for this projects is expected to be in the range of over $20 million annually. This is huge revenue for the B.C region and benefits of this money is expected to be a lot.
  • Business opportunities- The Coastal GasLink project is expected to be built largely by locally available material. This therefore gives a chance to the local business community to reap the benefits of the project by offering services such as hardware components, accommodation, food and entertainment.
  • Other local investments- TransCanada corporation has always been supporting the local communities on some of the key local projects that focus of environment, health and education. The energy company is set to further support the local communities in B.C with some of the local initiatives.

The Coastal GasLink pipeline will be built from Groundbirch which is on the west of Dawson Creek to the proposed LNG export facility near Kitimat on the central coast.

British Columbia’s LNG Future Looks Bright: Permits Received, Plans Made

Kitimat LNG site tour
[dropcap]LNG[/dropcap] Canada has received a facility permit from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission to build an export facility in the northern area of British Columbia; the province is the first to receive the permit. [note]LNG Canada Gets Permit for Export Facility in Kitimat, B.C., 1/5/2016, The Globe and Mail[/note] This is fantastic news, as it is one of the first steps in the long process of building the facility. The projected cost of the facility is up to $40 billion and it will have the capability to produce up to 6.5 million tons of LNG per year.

The permit outlines various conditions for building the facility, including conditions for the noise management, the overall safety of the plant within the community, and conditions which ensure the safety of the environment. Susanna Pierce, Director of External Affairs, says that the permit is essentially a guideline for how the plant can be integrated into the community with minimal negative impact. She explains what the permit focuses on, including questions like, “How are we designing the facility? How are we ensuring that it can operate safely in the community? How have we engaged with the community?” This particular permit imposes 30 different conditions, all of which must be met as the facility is built.

LNG Canada awaits a permit from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, which is expected to make a decision by spring, and released a statement to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, saying, “The effects of the marine structure on fish and fish habitat have been categorized as having a low potential of resulting in significant adverse effects.” [note]B.C. LNG Project Poses Low Risk to Environment, Federal Scientists Say, 1/17/2016, The Globe and Mail[/note] The statement provides an optimistic outlook on whether or not the organization will grant its approval to LNG Canada, and be next in line to provide a permit for the facility.

This is also excellent news from an environmental standpoint, as the effects on local fish and fish habitats were a concern for environmentalists and groups such as the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation. Plans which outline the construction of a suspension bridge and pier designed to carry a pipeline from Lelu Island to a dock which will allow loading tankers that will then deliver the fuel to Asia were constructed by Pacific Northwest. These plans seem to have Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s support, provided strict guidelines are also implemented, such as the monitoring of eelgrass beds to ensure stability, and taking measures to reduce potential harm to fish habitats and the Skeena River Estuary.

These recent events bode well for the future of the LNG industry in British Columbia, an area which expects 100,000 new jobs in LNG and a revenue of more than $100 billion over the next 30 years. Rich Coleman, the Minister of Natural Gas Development, has made positive statements of the industry, including saying that remarkable progress has been made in LNG in the year 2015. He also expects this year to deliver even greater improvements and progress. [note]LNG Canada Gets Permit for Export Facility in Kitimat, B.C., 1/5/2016, The Globe and Mail[/note]

The goal of everyone involved, from the British Columbia government to LNG Canada and supporters, is to realize the economic potential of the LNG industry as well as the outstanding increases in jobs and opportunities, without harming the environment. This is especially important in a province that has worked hard in recent years to be environmentally-friendly in most industries and in general. Overall, the future of LNG in British Columbia is looking bright, and leaders fully expect to realize the best possible advantages as plans continue to unveil.

British Columbia’s Citizens Will Not Sacrifice Air and Water Quality for LNG Plants and Opportunities

BC Citizens Will Not Sacrifice Air and Water Quality for LNG Plants

Air and water qaulity won't be sacrificed to LNG

British Columbia has, for the past few decades, placed a focus and priority on their commitment to the environment and sustainability. In fact, the province has recently obtained the title of the greenest in all of Canada. ‘>2

The legislation introduced by Polak focuses on greenhouse gas emissions benchmarks that are lower than any other LNG facility in the world. In order to ensure that this remains the case, province leaders consulted with industry experts to create long-term goals and essential guidelines in order to meet those goals. Some of the steps involved include:

  • Providing flexible options with the emissions benchmark, including the ability to purchase offsets. With LNG being a highly anticipated and competitive industry in the province, it is essential to implement guidelines which allow the industry to remain competitive but to also make room for the province’s commitment to being environmentally-friendly.
  • Providing incentives to companies that achieve the benchmark.
  • Implementing air quality objectives for new and expanding industrial facilities consistent with benchmarks in the Kitimat Airshed Assessment.

Polak says the opportunities and jobs that will continue to be created with the LNG industry are not the only priority. “There is no point in establishing an LNG industry in B.C. if we can’t protect the environment,” Polak says. “We want to enable safe development with great environmental standards. We have a proud heritage of developing the oil and gas industry in this province to world-leading standards. The pride and commitment to the environment guides us as we take this next big step with LNG.”

Plans to achieve these results are expected to be released within the coming months by the Minister of the Environment as well as the province of British Columbia. As the industry develops, the government offices and leaders are expected to work with the industry to reduce emissions in the upstream and to maintain the high standards set by the province in regard to the environment thus far.

The greenhouse gas emissions intensity benchmark of 0.16 carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) tonnes per tonne of LNG produced will include all of the greenhouse gas emissions created by a facility. This is significantly lower than the 0.18 to 0.27 tonnes of CO2e per tonne of LNG produced which is the standard for most leading global facilities. Filed Under: LNG Report

British Columbia and LNG Canada Offer $1.5 Million for Advanced Skills Training

bc-lng-plant

As liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects become fully operational in British Columbia, the number of jobs generated is expected to soar well past all other sectors to become the largest number of jobs generated by a single industry. A BC Natural Gas Workforce Strategy Committee report estimates that more than 75,000 permanent skilled workers will be needed, while an additional 60,000 workers will be needed between 2016 and 2017 during peak construction. [BC Natural Gas Workforce Strategy and Action Plan, 2013, http://bclnginfo.com/learn-more/bc-natural-gas-workforce-strategy-and-action-plan/] In order to help the industry meet the needs for qualified workers, LNG Canada has created the LNG Canada Trades Training Fund, in partnership with the Canada BC Job Grant Program. [note]LNG Canada Starts $1.5 Million Fund for Skills Training in B.C., October 15, 2015, Brent Jang, The Globe and Mail[/note]

The funds will be made available to employers throughout British Columbia in the construction sector, in order to help their employees obtain specialized training and skills to meet the needs of the LNG sector. With the construction sector being such an important aspect of British Columbia’s economy, especially in relation to the LNG sector, this fund is being used as an example of how the province is preparing to take full advantage of the jobs generated and to meet the requirements of the LNG sector. A priority is being placed on providing those additional and/or more profitable jobs to existing British Columbia residents. “At peak times, it may well be that there is a requirement for workers to be here on a temporary basis, but that will only be if and when needed, and after British Columbians have been considered,” said BC Jobs Minister Shirley Bond. [note]LNG Canada Starts $1.5 Million Fund for Skills Training in B.C., October 15, 2015, Brent Jang, The Globe and Mail[/note]

The funds will be handled and administered by the British Columbia Construction Association, with decisions being made by the LNG Canada Trades Training Fund Advisory Board. Small to medium-sized businesses that employ, train and sponsor apprentices within the construction trade will be given special preference, although all employers within the construction trade will be eligible to apply. Preference will also be given to employers who fall within one of the fifteen “high demand” trades: [note]British Columbia Construction Association[/note]

• Steam/Pipefitters
• Sprinkler System Installers
• Welders
• Carpenters
• Gas Fitters
• Heavy Equipment Operators
• Electricians
• Ironworkers
• Sheet Metal Workers
• Heavy Mechanical Trades
• Millwrights
• Plumbers
• Machinists
• Construction Craft Workers

Applications were accepted starting October 15th, and will continue until further notice. They can be accessed (along with eligibility criteria and additional application information) via WorkBC’s Website. “The LNG Industry represents tremendous opportunities for British Columbians, with the potential to generate billions of dollars in investment and create thousands of jobs in B.C. This is an exciting, transformative time and we want to prepare all British Columbians and B.C. businesses to seize the LNG opportunities coming our way,” says Minister of Jobs, Shirley Bond. [note]B.C. and LNG Canada Announce Funding to Advance Skills Training, October 15, 2015, LNG Canada[/note]

In addition to helping provide the necessary number of workers the LNG sector will demand, funds such as this one provide a means to seek out better and higher-paying jobs for British Columbians who might ordinarily be unable to do so. This is just one way that LNG (in combination with large organizations focused on the health of British Columbia’s workforce) will be beneficial for the community, the economy and the citizens as a whole.

LNG Gives Back to Canadian Communities

[dropcap]North[/dropcap] American LNG giant TransCanada is a major sponsor of the World Under-17s Hockey Tournament that brings together the World’s top players and marks the very first step in the Program of Excellence by Hockey Canada.[note]TransCanada scores assists with future hockey stars[/note] A lot of players competing at the tournament proceed to represent Canada with the Under-18 National Men’s Team and the National Junior Team as well as the National Men’s Team.

Western Canada’s Community Relations manager, Rebecca McElhoes acknowledges that hockey as a sport plays a critical role in forging a sense of community in British Columbia. She states that TransCanada believes in its responsibility of supporting local events like the Team Canada initiative, especially knowing the benefits that the event will bring to Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and surrounding communities. One benefit is the positive economic impact and a chance of profiling British Columbia’s northern communities to the globe.

The puck drops October 30 in Fort St. John B.C and Dawson Creek for the 2015 challenge that is expected to last for a week. Three Canadian teams will this year be joined by teams from Finland, Sweden and Czech Republic along with the U.S.

Host Communities Welcome the Chance of Showcasing Themselves Globally

The communities hosting the event, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, consider the tournament as a chance to raise their profiles at the international sporting podium. They hope that it will generate huge benefits for their communities and regions. Visitors to the week-long tournament are expected to generate amounts ranging from $2 million to $2.5 million for these two communities.

Dawson Creek’s mayor, Dale Bumstead also appreciated the partnership offered by TransCanada. He lauds the role it plays as the first major volunteer sponsor in developing the natural gas industry, a move which the province of British Columbia views as being critical.

Supporting the Emerging LNG Industry of B.C

TransCanada remains focused on building thriving relationships by practicing its corporate social responsibility while building the enormous energy infrastructure upon which a lot of individuals rely. The goal is forging strong, vibrant communities all across North America, whether through supporting local initiatives, partnering with community groups or encouraging neighbourhood-involvement by employees.

TransCanada considers it a part of its everyday practice to give back to communities located within its areas of operation, as part of being a good neighbour, employer of choice and trusted community partner. The company already has over $12 billion worth of investments in proposed pipeline projects for natural gas.[note]Over $12 billion in projects[/note] Sponsoring the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is just among the many channels of support it is offering its neighbours.

Other Benefits to the BC Communities

TransCanada has endeavoured connecting with the surrounding Prince George community to understand and appreciate the needs, concerns and interests of its citizens in a better way, since first announcing the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission and Coastal GasLink Pipeline Projects.[note]TransCanada connecting to community[/note] The projects target delivering considerable economic benefits to the community by way of opportunities for local contractors, local construction investment and property tax revenue for constructing schools, roads and other important infrastructure. TransCanada has a direct interest in bolstering quality of life within the communities which play host to their activities. It includes making investments into programs which support training and education, environmental protection, sport, safety, commerce and recreation.

The industrial giant has a community relations team that consistently engages community organizations and members of the city council and plans on sustaining this practice as a responsible corporate citizen to ensure that long-lasting partnerships are forged. TransCanada has over the past several years also made a number of important contributions to the community in response to the input received from residents and council members. The company was an official sponsor of Canada Winter Games and took part in various community events in the build-up to these games and even during the games themselves being title sponsor of the closing ceremonies.

As well, TransCanada is among the University of Northern British Columbia’s donor-families, having made a $400,000 donation towards their award-winning bio-energy system together with the Sustainable Communities Demonstration Project. [note]University of Northern British Columbia gets a $400,000 donation from TransCanada[/note] The company is involved in several various other community-focused initiatives too.

Apart from the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project and Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project, TransCanada aims at meeting export demands and generating long-term regional economic stability through its involvement in multiple other LNG projects. These include Merrick Mainline Pipeline Project, North Montney Mainline Project and Towerbirch Expansion Project.

Following Successful LNG in BC Conference, Premier and Ministers to Embark on Two Asian Trade Missions

British Columbia’s Deputy Premier Rich Coleman announced plans last week to visit with the CEO of Petronas, the Malaysian-owned energy giant who is one of B.C. LNG’s largest proponents as part of the two Asian Trade missions planned by the provincial government.

His itinerary will focus on rallying and solidifying further Asian support for B.C.’s promising Liquefied Natural Gas projects. He will first speak at the Gastech energy industry conference on October 28th in Singapore, after which he will attend a dinner meeting with Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, CEO of Patronas.[note]B.C. to push for LNG exports during Asian trade missions[/note]

[Quote Block] “Whatever LNG plant sends its first shipment around the world, then I’ll say, ‘I told you so.’ If you don’t start believing in something and going after something, you never accomplish anything. It doesn’t matter whether it’s LNG, whether it’s in your business or in your life. You set your goals and you go to achieve them.” – Rich Coleman, Deputy Premier of British Columbia[note]B.C. to push for LNG exports during Asian trade missions[/note]

Coleman also operates as B.C.’s Natural Gas Development Minister, which includes the responsibility of maintaining international relationships with foreign partners and investors as well as keeping domestic efforts moving forward. His trip will also include a stop in Tokyo, where he will meet with Japan Petroleum Exploration, who owns part of Pacific NorthWest LNG. While there, he’ll also meet with Mitsubishi, a member of the LNG Canada initiative.[note]B.C. to push for LNG exports during Asian trade missions[/note]

B.C. Premier Christy Clark will join International Trade Minister Teresa Wat on the second prong of the Asian Trade Missions for stops in Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Beijing. They will speak with influential leaders on LNG, as well as agriculture and clean technology.[note]B.C. to push for LNG exports during Asian trade missions[/note]

Premier Clark was also busy this month with the third annual LNG in BC Conference, where she spoke on the triviality of the hurdles currently facing LNG development in the province when looking at the scope of what clean energy will provide future generations. “British Columbia is on the verge of creating a clean, innovative new industry, expanding our capacity to provide clean energy to Asian, and attracting new investments to secure jobs throughout the province,” said Clark.[note]Third annual conference breaks new ground for LNG future[/note]

Organizers were very pleased with many of the conference’s outcomes and discussions as stakeholders with many different viewpoints come together to use LNG as a platform to explore B.C.’s future in tech, innovation, and most importantly, jobs creation. “This event brought everyone together, under one roof, to advance British Columbia’s participation in the global energy market,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development. “Industry, First Nations, government – we are all working together to reach our province’s potential in natural gas supply and export.”[note]Third annual conference breaks new ground for LNG future[/note]

Over 2,000 of B.C.’s young people were in attendance at the conference to learn more about the jobs that would be most in-demand as they will be graduating[note]Third annual conference breaks new ground for LNG future[/note]

[Quote Block] “This year’s conference provided a rich experience for everyone, including thousands of students who have new, exciting career options to look forward to.” – Premier Christy Clark[note]Third annual conference breaks new ground for LNG future[/note]

Further building the excitement over job creation in B.C., the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training announced on October 15th that their LNG-Buy BC Business Kit will now be accessible to organizations that wish to get on the ground floor of workforce preparation for the coming opportunities.[note]B.C. releases “LNG-Buy BC Business Kit”, a tool to help companies prepare to compete within LNG supply chain[/note]

In addition to provincial investments in skills training, companies themselves are putting funding into workforce development. LNG Canada, for example, has begun a $1.5-million fund for skills training.[note]LNG Canada starts $1.5-million fund for skills training in B.C.[/note]

As the LNG’s bright future continues to gain shape, The Woodfibre LNG project in Howe Sound received approval from Squamish Nation chiefs and council, and will be moving forward. [note]Woodfibre LNG plan conditionally approved by Squamish Nation Council[/note]. The project will eventually create more than 650 jobs during construction plus 1,080 more for normal operations and indirect local employment. [note]Letter: Woodfibre LNG will create hundreds of jobs[/note]

Premier Clark Ready to Share LNG Projects With BC Residents at Annual Conference

This week on October 14th, 15th, and 16th, B.C. Premier Christy Clark will bring investors, stakeholders, development companies, and the general public together at the 3rd annual LNG in BC Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre. [note]LNG in BC Conference[/note]

Premier Clark will deliver a keynote speech to open the event, which will then transition into sessions focusing on the first day’s theme of Investment. The presentations will feature panels of leaders from BC’s LNG industry such as the CEOs from LNG Canada and Pacific NorthWest LNG, as well as leaders of some of the region’s largest financial institutions. The final panel of the day will feature Dr. Liu Deshun, People’s Republic of China’s Director General of the Department of Oil and Gas division of the Natural Energy Administration.

“This really is, for us, all about building a nation, creating jobs, rolling up our sleeves to take advantage of this generational opportunity to build a prosperous future for every Canadian.”  – B.C. Premier Christy Clark, Keynote Address at last year’s International LNG Conference [note]Premier Christy Clark keynote at the second international LNG conference[/note]

The second day of the conference will focus on Technology and Innovations and will feature panel discussions on the exciting and innovative ways technology in the LNG industry is improving the way pipelines are installed and maintained, and how tech being developed in the LNG industry will help other industries advance as well.
Day two will also focus on BC’s Blueprint for Jobs, and will feature keynote speaker Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Reponsible for Labour. Panels will discuss how BC’s workforce is gearing up for the impending LNG boom with a focus on post-secondary institutions.

“From my perspective, you can’t build a strong and healthy society without great-paying, family-supporting jobs that allow people to look after those that they love in the communities that they’ve built. For me that is the greatest legacy that this industry will create.”  – Premier Christy Clark, Keynote Address at last year’s International LNG Conference B.C. [note]Premier Christy Clark keynote at the second international LNG conference[/note]

The third day will feature the much-anticipated GameChanger Interactive program, which will invite youth and community members into a program of discussions and activites centering around LNG workforce recruitment. At the GameChanger Youth Expo, hundreds of students will have a chance to come face-to-face with the exciting opportunities the LNG industry. Youth will even have the chance to enter a skills competition where they can show off their skills in engineering, steamfitting, welding, and the always fun spaghetti bridge building competition. [note]Discover the opportunities at B.C.’s natural gas conference[/note]

The conference will also feature discussions and announcements of the LNG’s most recent developments, which include a fortification of Petronas’ commitment to building an $11.4-billion LNG facility on Lelu Island on the North Coast. [note]Petronas still committed to building LNG terminal in B.C.[/note]

Executive vice-president Wee Yiaw Hin issued a statement on October 1st that “Petronas would like to reaffirm its commitment to deliver long-term LNG supply to its customers through the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Canada.” [note]Petronas still committed to building LNG terminal in B.C.[/note]

Other provincial LNG projects are moving ahead as well, such as the Steelhead LNG Malahat project, which recieved approval from the National Energy Board along with four others for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations project close to Port Alberni. [note]LNG project granted licence[/note]

The province’s largest natural gas plant, Sunrise natural gas processing plant near Dawson Creek, has entered the construction phase this week. This plant will be the first of three planned for the Dawson Creek location, which combined will create 90 full-time jobs. [note]Construction underway for large gas plant near Dawson Creek[/note]

LNG Canada also announced that they’ve moved forward with construction planning for their Kitimat plant. The Mayor of Kitimat and the Chief of Hiasla First Nation were present to express their support of LNG Canada’s selection of the CFSW Contractor Consortium as the organization that will engineer and construct Kitimat’s LNG plant.

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B.C. Prepares for the Needs of the LNG Workforce

FortisBC has announced a new province-wide pre-apprenticeship program created specifically to train First Nations individuals to be employed in the skilled employment positions created by the LNG industry. The course has been developed by Aboriginal Skills 3G: BC with the help of a $75,000 grant from FortisBC.[note]New training program prepares First Nations workers for LNG jobs[/note]

Currently in the process of expanding its Tilbury liquified natural gas facility, FortisBC is looking forward to the imminent growth of the province’s LNG industry. They hope to fill new positions in the expanded facility with workers from the Delta, B.C. area first, then with British Columbians in general.[note]Tilbury LNG Facility Expansion Project[/note]

The eight-week program will be available to people from all Aboriginal communities in B.C. Students with an interest in construction trades will learn workplace safety, first-aid training, entry level carpentry skills, and general trade fundamentals. They’ll also have access to hands-on training on site at the FortisBC Surrey Operations Centre.

“We believe it’s important for people to be able to work where they live…This program will help increase the number of local skilled individuals available to work on job sites and potentially take advantage of future opportunities in B.C.’s LNG industry” – Doug Stout, vice president of market development & external relations at FortisBC.

The promising new training program joins others created by developers like Pacific NorthWest LNG in the Prince Rupert area and the BG Group, an international LNG project company. Their varied approaches include individual training scholarships, a three-year math and science program in schools to provide the skills needed for long-term jobs, and even science camp for 2,000 students.[note]LNG project officials: Trained workforce needed[/note]

The Pacific NorthWest LNG Prince Rupert project is one of the four LNG project frontrunners chosen as the most likely candidates to break ground according to a report released by AltaCorp Capital. In a surprising revelation, the report found AltaGas’s Douglas Channel project the most likely to reach a final investment decision first. The forecast predicts Shell’s Kitimat project will come next, followed by the Pacific NorthWest and Petronas projects near Prince Rupert.[note]Four LNG projects will be built in B.C., but not in the order you expect: analysts[/note]

Despite the AltaCorp’s report counting them out, Steelhead remains optimistic about its two Malahat-backed Vancouver Island projects. “[We’re] on the map and we’ll be here for awhile,” says Steelhead CEO Nigel Kuzemko. Steelhead has plans to file an LNG export license with Canada’s National Energy Board by the end of next month.

As projects are gaining traction all over the province, organizers are busy preparing for the 2015 International LNG in BC Conference to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on October 14th-16th. The convention will assemble leaders from the LNG industry, government, and First Nations to give B.C. a chance to hasten the province’s progress toward membership in the global LNG community.[note]The OGM: 2015 International LNG in BC Conference[/note]

Highlighting the importance of preparing members of local communities to enter the LNG workforce , the conference will feature the GameChanger Youth Expo, which will showcase post-secondary career opportunities and provide hands-on interactive activities that help youth hone in on what their place might be in the future of LNG.[note]2015 International LNG in BC Conference[/note]

Kitimat LNG Terminal Project is ‘Substantially Started;’ Number of Total LNG Proposals Reaches 21

As an encouraging indicator of the LNG industry’s progress in B.C., the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office has verified its approval of the Kitimat LNG cooling and export facility.[note]Alaska Highway News: “B.C. EAO gives thumbs up as work progresses on Kitimat LNG project”[/note]

According to a letter issued from the EAO to Woodside Energy on September 8, the project has reached such a level of progress that “the Environmental Assessment Office determined on September 3, 2015 that the Kitimat LNG Terminal Project has been substantially started.” In other words, the site’s EA certificate is now locked in “for the life of the Project.”[note]Craven, Paul: “Letter to Woodside Energy International“[/note]

Any of the other proposed 20 LNG sites around the province may be next, including the two newest sites on Vancouver Island proposed by Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG Corp. Both of the new Vancouver Island sites boast the added bonus of having already been approved by the Malahat First Nation, the owner of both parcels of land.[note]Energetic City: “Another LNG facility poposed for B.C.“[/note]

“Steelhead looks forward to working with potentially affected aboriginal groups in Canada to explore opportunities for them to share in the economic benefits of the Canadian portion of the project.”[note]The Globe and Mail: “Vancouver Island Malahat LNG project plan includes underwater pipeline“[/note] -Steelhead chief executive officer Nigel Kuzemko

As B.C. LNG projects like the Kitimat facility continue to make headway, the British Columbia workforce is shifting focus in anticipation of the new jobs headed down the pipeline. To stave off the staffing problems that have hindered other industries in the past,[note]Northwest Coast Energy News: “Kitimat Chemo Clinic closes for up to a hear, staff shortages across the northwest hampering cancer treatment“[/note] the BC provincial government has set out to discover and develop the occupational sectors the LNG industry will demand as its projects begin to break ground. (6)

“Ultimately, a scenario with five LNG plants whose construction would start in 2015, and a total production capacity of 82 Million Tonnes Per Annum, would generate a total sector investment of $175 billion. Using this scenario, up to 100,000 jobs would be created.”[note]WorkBC: “Liquefied Natural Gas Workforce Projections“[/note] – WorkBC

The provincial government estimates that up to 100,000 jobs will be created by LNG projects, breaking down into 58,700 direct and indirect jobs available at the peak of construction in 2018, 23,800 permanent jobs that will remain once the construction period has ended, and the thousands more that will be created as an organic result of higher household incomes.

“LNG Canada will work with our EPCM contractor to promote a “hire local first” approach, provided they are competitive and meet operational and safety requirements—with an initial focus on the northwest, and then expanding to other parts of B.C. and the rest of Canada.”[note]LNG Canada: “Working with LNG Canada“[/note] -LNG Canada

To make sure as much of the LNG workforce is as locally sourced as possible, the provincial government is holding fast to its Skills for Jobs Blueprint by developing programs like the newly announced trades training program, which will “increase the number of Aboriginal People in the skilled trades by 15,000 over the next 10 years.” [note]Benzinga: “New Trades Training Program for Aboriginal People in B.C. to Begin Fall“[/note]

“LNG offers huge opportunities for employment and economic growth for First Nations communities,” explains John Rustad, B.C. Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. “The Enhanced Construction Craft Worker program is an excellent example of how government is partnering with First Nations, educators and industry to ensure First Nations and Aboriginal people have the skills and training they need to benefit from LNG development.”