The Canada National Energy Board granted the project an LNG export license in December 2013, which was in turn approved by the Canadian Federal Cabinet in March 2014, allowing for up to 30 million metric tonnes per year of liquefied natural gas to be exported to global markets.
Utilizing LNG carriers, shipping frequency would be about one vessel per day at full capacity.
The proposed facility would receive feed gas from the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.
The project undertook a comprehensive site selection process from 2011-2013, focused on the Prince Rupert, Portland Channel and Douglas Channel areas.
Engineering and environmental studies, and early engagement with local governments and Aboriginal groups were used to identify Tuck Inlet as the preferred export facility location.
Tuck Inlet provides a suitable location for an onshore facility concept due to its safe, protected harbor, deepwater vessel berthing capacity and proximity to local infrastructure and port facilities.
WCC LNG will involve the development of an initial two LNG train foundation project with up to five LNG trains and an LNG jetty with up to three marine berths at full build.
WCC LNG’s proposed export facility will be designed to meet all applicable BC and Canada regulations, including recently released BC Ambient Air Quality Objectives.
A final investment decision on the project, and therefore the ultimate project schedule, will be dependent on a range of factors, including regulatory approvals, investment climate and business considerations.
The following is a notional project schedule at this early project development stage:
|Data acquisition, field studies and engineering studies||2014 – 2018+|
|Environmental Assessment process (Project Description to Environmental Assessment Application for EA Certificate)||2015 – 2019+|
|Start of construction||2020 or later|
|Operations||2025 or later|
|Construction of remaining phases||Post 2025|
|Decommissioning and reclamation||2065 or later|
The project has implemented the following activities as part of the required regulatory process:
|LNG export license received from National Energy Board (NEB)||Dec. 16, 2013|
|Project Description submittal to BC EAO and CEAA||Dec. 31, 2014|
|Section 10 Order received from BC EAO||Jan. 7, 2015|
|Substitution decision received from CEAA||Feb. 26, 2015|
|Section 11 Order received from BC EAO||April 27, 2015|
|Draft Application Information Requirements (dAIR) submittal to BC EAO||May 8, 2015|
|Valued Component Selection Document submittal to BC EAO||May 8, 2015|
|Initial Working Group meeting||June 23, 2015|
|Public Consultation Plan submittal to the BC EAO||June 26, 2015|
|Aboriginal Consultation Plan submittal to the BC EAO||October 30, 2015|
|BC EAO Public Comment Period on dAIR||Nov. 23, 2015 to Jan. 6, 2016|
|BC EAO-hosted open house||Dec. 8, 2015|
|Final AIR approved by BC EAO||Mar. 31, 2016|