LNG Canada boosts gas producer confidence but does little for short-term pricing

07 October, 2018, 16:07 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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TransCanada Corp. said in a separate statement it will move forward with its C$6.2 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline, a 420-mile (676-kilometer) conduit that will carry gas from British Columbia to LNG Canada for export.

"We are looking at $23 billion in revenue for B.C. We are looking at 10,000 jobs throughout the north", B.C. Energy Minister Michelle Mungall told Global.

Trudeau said the project stands to "benefit all Canadians". There are now a total of eight such facilities across the country - three in British Columbia, two in Alberta, one in Ontario and two in Quebec.

The super-chilled fuel that's produced will be divided up among the partners, who will each be free to sell it however and to whomever they please, according to Andy Calitz, CEO of the joint venture, LNG Canada.

"Beyond this, we believe this project has the potential to be the first of many on the West Coast of Canada", if Canadian LNG follows the global standard, being that LNG export areas tend to be "hubs" of terminals, rather than standalone facilities", they wrote. They have claimed they can add a two-train LNG facility, that is about 3.4 megatonnes and emissions and get 40 per cent - the challenge is theirs to show British Columbians they can do that.

Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson, former Liberal energy minister Rich Coleman and Skeena Liberal MLA Ellis Ross, a former Haisla Nation chief and early LNG backer in Kitimat, were present at the signing ceremony with Horgan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and representatives from the five global energy giants behind the LNG Canada project.

"We welcome the unprecedented commitment shown by the LNG Canada partners to work within our province's ambitious climate goals", he said in the same statement.

In March, B.C.'s new NDP government offered the project a suite of tax breaks to entice a positive final investment decision.

The province has also promised to repeal its LNG income tax and streamline how taxes are administered, saying in a statement that the current tax "has led to uncertainties hampering investment".

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The announcement was immediately cheered by the energy industry and decried by the B.C. Green Party, which is part of the coalition supporting the NDP government.

"It's our expectation that there will be vigorous debate from every corner of the legislature, but at the end of the day. this is not about a political party, this is about the people of British Columbia, the British Columbia economy, and people have been working on this for a long, long, long, long time, and I am fairly confident that partisan politics will not get in the way of the single largest private-sector investment in Canadian history".

It's also a welcome boost for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"LNG is good for B.C., it's good for Alberta and it's good for Canada".

The federal court's decision to quash Trans Mountain's approval asked in its ruling for additional indigenous consultation.

"We can't have a country built on double standards".

But First Nations along the pipeline route and at the site of the liquefaction facility sharply rebuffed the criticism, and said the project would eliminate their dependence on the government.

"It is a vote of confidence in a country that recognizes the need to develop our energy in way that takes the environment into account, and that works in meaningful partnership with Indigenous communities", he says in the release, announcing the project.

And a big difference: the LNG is privately funded with a consortium of partners including government, while the Trans Mountain pipeline the government fully owns after Kinder Morgan bailed due to lack of certainty from government.

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