Wednesday, February 8, 2012

And you get an LNG plant, and you get an LNG plant...

With Premier Christy Clark playing the role of Oprah, (and you get an LNG plant, and you get an LNG plant)  Prince Rupert is seemingly ready to join the pool of ready and able port cities looking to ship Liquefied Natural Gas to world markets.

So far around the Northwest, Kitimat has been in the lead in this competition, the Premier looking to place at least three or maybe more LNG distribution sites into the Northern end of Douglas Channel, one project is already well into the planning phase, setting up a base of operations on Haisla land in the Kitimat region.

Prince Rupert, seemingly not wishing to be left out on this potential gold rush of shipments to Asian markets and beyond is now on the shipment map.

This is not the first time that the prospect of an LNG export terminal for the Prince Rupert region has been suggested, going back to the mid 1980's there was talk of Dome Petroleum building such a shipment point on the north coast, more recently in 2006, West Pac Terminals floated the idea of a Natural Gas export terminal for Ridley Island.

Before Prince Rupert residents get too far ahead of themselves however, they might be best served to keep in mind the following quote from the folks of BG Group, the proponents of the latest Prince Rupert option.

"But though the company said its interest is real, it has no imminent construction plans."

Reviews of the Premier's plans and the potential  hurdles still ahead were found a plenty over the last few days, some of the highlights can be found below.

Northern View-- Prince Rupert Port Authority working with international LNG group
CFTK TV7 -- Prince Rupert considered for LNG Terminal
CBC-- Prince Rupert wants to be natural gas hub
CBC-- B. C. premier plans liquefied natural gas exports
Globe and Mail-- U. K. firm joins race to export gas from B. C.
Globe and Mail-- Clark stakes B. C's energy future on liquefied natural gas
Globe and Mail-- Energy regulator approves export licence for BC LNG
National Post-- The race to China
National Post-- Haisla Nation backed company secures LNG export licence
Vancouver Province-- B. C. government unveils new energy strategy to boost jobs, revenue
Vancouver Province-- Liberals shift energy focust to LNG
Vancouver Sun-- New policy favours natural gas industry
Vancouver Sun-- B. C. still faces hurdles in its plan to be a world player in the LNG market
The Tyee-- Who Pays Huge Power Bills for Clark's Gas Plants

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