Project scope

View of Prince Rupert from Tuck Inlet

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.

Site considerations

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.

Facility concept

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.

Facility concept

Facility concept – image is for illustrative purposes only

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.

Project schedule

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:

 

Project phase Year
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

Regulatory activities

The project has implemented the following activities as part of the required regulatory process:

Regulatory activities Year
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