Haisla Nation and Pembina take an important step closer to driving Indigenous-led economic growth and extending the global reach of Canadian LNG
KITIMAT, BC, February 8, 2022 – The Haisla Nation-owned Cedar Liquefied Natural Gas Project (Cedar LNG) has reached key milestones for its proposed export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia. Cedar LNG is a partnership between the Haisla Nation and Pembina Pipeline Corporation (Pembina) and is strategically positioned to leverage Canada’s abundant natural gas supply and provide a critical, Indigenous-partnered solution to support the global clean energy transition.
With recent advancements in the project’s regulatory and engineering development, Haisla Nation Chief Councillor, Crystal Smith, is optimistic about what Cedar LNG means for the future of the region.
“The Cedar LNG project will be the largest First Nation-owned infrastructure project in Canada, creating jobs, contracting and other economic opportunities for the Haisla Nation, the community of Kitimat, neighbouring Indigenous Nations, and the local region,” says Smith. “Cedar LNG represents long-term growth for our region in a way that protects our land and environment, and we are excited to see the project move forward in its environmental assessment process with innovative technology and reduced environmental footprint.”
Environmental Assessment Certificate application submitted
Cedar LNG’s application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) was recently submitted to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office, moving the project into the 180-day application review phase. This key project milestone comes following detailed studies, engineering and meaningful engagement with Indigenous and local communities.
“The submission of our application for an EAC represents another significant step forward in exporting Canadian LNG to overseas markets, while supporting long-term prosperity for the Haisla Nation and the region,” said Scott Burrows, Pembina’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Each time we’ve returned to our design, whether to include community input or account for leading technology, we’ve made important improvements that have resulted in a superior project that respects the values of the local community and minimizes environmental effects.”
The Cedar LNG team looks forward to continuing to work collaboratively with Indigenous and local communities through the application review phase to address community interests and concerns, so that together, we are poised to successfully deliver this critically important project.
Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract awarded
Cedar LNG is also pleased to announce an agreement with Black & Veatch and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) of the Project’s proposed floating liquefaction, storage and offloading unit (the “FLNG”).
“Cedar LNG is rooted in meaningfully creating a low carbon, Indigenous-led business that respects local values and protects the environment,” said Doug Arnell, Cedar LNG CEO. “The Project’s low carbon footprint, coupled with the use of Black & Veatch and Samsung’s expertise and technology will result in a state-of-the-art facility the Haisla Nation, British Columbia and Canada can be proud of.”
Cedar LNG expects to make a final investment decision in 2023 following completion of the environmental assessment process. Subject to additional factors, including regulatory and other approvals, the expected in-service date for the project is in 2027.
About Cedar LNG
The Cedar LNG Project is a partnership between the Haisla Nation and Pembina Pipeline Corporation to develop a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, within the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation. Strategically positioned to leverage Canada’s abundant natural gas supply and BC’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure, Cedar LNG will be powered by renewable electricity from BC Hydro, making it one of the lowest carbon intensity LNG facilities in the world.
More information on Cedar LNG can be found at www.cedarlng.com.
About Haisla Nation
The Haisla Nation is the band government of the Haisla people. Our mission is to build a powerful, prosperous and proud community, healthy in mind, body and spirit. We believe in building a strong and thriving community, with healthy and happy members and a sustained and prosperous environment. We are about 1700 people, with the majority living in Kitamaat Village. We have lived off the land and waters of our traditional territory for thousands of years, and it remains the focus of all we do. We believe that careful and appropriate economic development will bring our people necessary self-sufficiency. Sustainable and realistic economic opportunities are increasingly available, and promise benefits for our people – and for every British Columbian. We know that in order to attain strength and independence our Nation must work together – with government, business, the community, and internally – with a spirit of respect and partnership.
Pembina is a leading transportation and midstream service provider that has been serving North America’s energy industry for more than 65 years. Pembina owns an integrated system of pipelines that transport various hydrocarbon liquids and natural gas products produced primarily in western Canada. The Company also owns gas gathering and processing facilities; an oil and natural gas liquids infrastructure and logistics business; and is growing an export terminals business. Pembina’s integrated assets and commercial operations along the majority of the hydrocarbon value chain allow it to offer a full spectrum of midstream and marketing services to the energy sector. Pembina is committed to identifying additional opportunities to connect hydrocarbon production to new demand locations through the development of infrastructure that would extend Pembina’s service offering even further along the hydrocarbon value chain. These new developments will contribute to ensuring that hydrocarbons produced in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and the other basins where Pembina operates can reach the highest value markets throughout the world.
Certain information contained in this press release may be “forward-looking” in nature and is based on the Cedar LNG project partner’s current expectations, estimates, judgments and projections. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, which address activities, events or developments that the Cedar LNG project partners expect or anticipate may or will occur in the future, are forward-looking information. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as “may”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “intend”, “target”, “project”, “forecast” or similar words suggesting future outcomes or outlook. The Cedar LNG project partners make no representation that actual results achieved will be the same in whole or in part as those set out in the forward-looking information. Furthermore, the forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date hereof, unless otherwise noted, and the Cedar LNG project partners do not undertake any obligation to update or to revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Any forward-looking information contained herein is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
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