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The project would deliver a safe, reliable, long-term, competitive source of energy to help meet the world’s growing demand for natural gas. The export of clean burning natural gas will help to reduce the use of higher greenhouse emission fossil fuels such as coal and oil in some targeted markets. The development and operation of the export facility would create long-term jobs in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and Canada.
The export facility would initially have the capability to process up to 15 million metric tonnes of LNG per year for shipment to international markets, with potential to expand to approximately 30 million tonnes per year.
The three main facility components are:
- Liquefaction and storage facilities for natural gas;
- Loading facilities for double-hulled LNG ships;
- Third-party pipeline and facilities required to transport natural gas to the LNG export facility from existing natural gas pipeline systems.
The project proponent, WCC LNG Project Ltd., is a federal corporation with its current shareholder being WCC LNG Holdings Ltd. The current shareholders of WCC LNG Holdings Ltd. are ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. and Imperial Oil Resources Limited, an affiliate of Imperial Oil Company.
The project is at an early stage of assessment and is currently undergoing regulatory reviews with the British Columbia and Canadian governments; as well as consultation and discussion with Aboriginal groups and local communities.
WCC LNG's Project Description, which initiates the environmental assessment process, was filed on the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office website.
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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 includes 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 BC 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.
Our safety performance continues to be one of the best in the industry. Ensuring the protection of the people who work in or live near our operations is our number one priority.
LNG terminals employ numerous redundant safety systems, including marine exclusion zones, multiple emergency detectors and emergency shutdown systems, coupled with highly trained operators.
WCC LNG’s safety pursuits will include exceptional technology, rigorous standards and an unwavering commitment to best-practice safety procedures.
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Environment and field work programs
Our approach to environmental protection begins with a thorough understanding of the local environment and socioeconomic surroundings.
We have undertaken a number of local and regional environmental fieldwork programs and studies to date.
WCC LNG's Application Information Requirements, which serve as a roadmap for our application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate, were filed on the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office website.
View or download the Application Information Requirements document:
WCC LNG Application Information Requirements
In late 2014, the WCC LNG project completed a successful navigation simulation of LNG carrier transit through the Prince Rupert harbour to and from Tuck Inlet. WCC LNG collaborated with both the Prince Rupert Port Authority and the Pacific Pilotage Authority to create the simulation. BC marine pilots with experience in Prince Rupert waters were also involved. The detailed simulator used real bathymetry and simulations were conducted in various weather conditions. Three sizes of LNG carriers were simulated using four local tugs. Each carrier transited safely and completed the turn circle in Tuck Inlet adequately in all conditions, and with little challenge. The tugs safely managed several simulated emergency conditions including:
- ship steering failure (rudder lock)
- sudden loss of a ship’s propulsion
- loss of critical tug during challenging berthing maneuver
- undocking a dead ship
Aboriginal and community engagement
We recognize public trust and confidence are earned through performance, open communication and community engagement.
Engagement with Aboriginal groups and local communities and elected representatives in Northwest BC began in April 2012 to better understand community needs and gather feedback on site selection.
Local Aboriginal groups have been active participants in existing condition environmental studies and fieldwork programs to date.
We have held public information sessions in Prince Rupert, Terrace and Port Edward to share project information and hear initial feedback from community members.
The project will continue to increase its Aboriginal and community engagement in parallel with the environmental assessment process by conducting a series of community information sessions, participating in the BC EAO working group meetings, and holding individual meetings with stakeholders.
Drawing on local, provincial and Canadian sources for skilled labor will be an important focus area as the project progresses. We want to work with local training providers to build capacity and capability with local businesses and residents to safely deliver required services. Within our contracts with specialized skilled-contractors, we include agreements to leverage local content when possible.
Project contact information
For more information about WCC LNG, visit the project website at www.wcclngproject.ca.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at:
Write us at:
- WCC LNG Project Ltd.
PO Box 218
Prince Rupert, BC