The stillborn history of LNG in BC

From financial woes to community opposition, LNG proposals have never taken route in BC.

1982 

The province approved a $1.7 billion pipeline and liquefaction terminal project called Western LNG, to be built near Prince Rupert. It was a partnership of Dome Petroleum and other Canadian and Japanese businesses. 20-year agreements with Japanese customers were secured, and financing was in place. But … nothing happened. (WestPac LNG’s Jack Crawford was involved with Western LNG.)

1995

Pac-Rim LNG revived essentially the same idea–a pipeline and sending terminal for Kitimat or Prince Rupert. This time, Korea was pitched as the hungriest market. Pac-Rim formally withdrew the proposal in 2002.

2004

Galveston LNG (later Kitimat LNG) announced plans to build an LNG terminal in Kitimat. in 2006 the project secured the necessary environmental approvals, but a year later no shovels have broken ground, and start construction has been pushed back indefinitely.

The pipeline project that is necessary to move the imported gas east to the existing pipeline network shows signs of going nowhere. And in the sincerest-form-of-flattery department, Kitimat LNG has lately been talking about a gas-fired generation plant of their own at its LNG terminal site near Kitimat, mimicking WestPac LNG. Or is that the grasping-at-straws department?

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