What is the Cedar LNG Project?
The Cedar LNG Project (Project) is a proposed floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, within the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation. The Project is strategically positioned to leverage Canada’s abundant natural gas supply and BC’s growing liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure to produce industry-leading low-carbon, low-cost Canadian LNG for new overseas markets. By using an innovative design philosophy that fits the facility into the local environment, the Cedar LNG Project will minimize the impact to the local environment while creating value for customers and prosperity for both the Haisla Nation and the region.
How does the facility work?
Natural gas, which is the same gas that is used to heat homes and businesses throughout British Columbia, will be delivered to the Project site through an approximately eight-kilometre-long pipeline that connects to the Coastal GasLink pipeline. At the Project site, the natural gas will be treated and chilled to -162ºC, which changes it from a gas to a liquid. The LNG will then be loaded onto an LNG carrier, about once every seven to 10 days or up to 50 times a year. Each LNG carrier will travel through Douglas Channel to Hecate Straight, using the existing deep-water shipping lane, on its way to customers in the Asia Pacific.
Natural Gas Pipeline
In Canada, pipeline networks deliver natural gas to homes and business where it is used for cooking and heating.
Low-carbon LNG is produced by using renewable electricity as the power source for the LNG facility.
Floating LNG Facility
To supply Canadian natural gas to new markets overseas, the gas must first be cooled to -162 ºC, making it a liquid or LNG.
LNG Export Ship
Specially designed LNG carriers make it possible to deliver Canadian natural gas to overseas markets.
Who is developing the Cedar LNG Project?
The Cedar LNG Project brings together the Haisla Nation and Pembina Pipeline Corporation (Pembina) to develop the largest Indigenous Nation-owned infrastructure project in Canada with one of the cleanest environmental profiles in the world.
The Haisla Nation is the band government of the Haisla people. The Haisla Nation’s mission is to build a powerful, prosperous, and proud community, healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
Pembina is a leading transportation and midstream service provider that has been serving North America’s energy industry for more than 65 years.
What is being done to minimize the impact on the local community and environment?
The Cedar LNG Project will minimize the impact to the local community and environment by using an innovative design philosophy that fits the facility into the local community and environment:
The Project is located on Haisla Nation-owned land in Douglas Channel, one of the principal shipping routes on the BC coast. The deep water inlet is ice-free year-round and has a history of industrial use.
Natural gas will be transported to the Cedar LNG site through the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which is currently under construction.
The facility will be interconnected to the existing BC Hydro transmission system, which will make Cedar LNG one of the lowest carbon intensity LNG facilities in the world.
Cedar LNG will produce approximately three million tonnes of LNG per year. The FLNG facility will be constructed at an existing shipyard in Asia, which will reduce the Project’s footprint and minimize the disruption to the local community during the construction period.
The Cedar LNG Project is undergoing an environmental review by both the federal and provincial governments through what’s called a “substituted process.” This means both the federal and provincial governments will use the provincial environmental process to review the Project. The process must meet all environmental protection and public and Indigenous consultation requirements of both the federal and provincial government. At the conclusion of the process, the federal and provincial governments determine whether the Project will be awarded environmental approvals.
The Project will create jobs, contracting and other economic opportunities for the Haisla people, the local community and Indigenous Nations and the region. Up to 500* people will be working at the Cedar LNG site at the peak of construction. Approximately 100* people will be working at the facility full-time during operation.
*2020 estimates based upon preliminary engineering.
The Cedar LNG Project is in the planning stage as well as preliminary engineering. Pending approvals and other authorizations, a final investment decision is anticipated in 2023, with commercial operations beginning in 2027.
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