LNG Canada is one of the largest infrastructure projects approved, and will require expertise in the liquefied natural gas, pipeline, and process engineering sectors.
The LNG Canada project was approved in late 2018, and includes a 670-kilometre (420 mile) pipeline that would transport natural gas from the Montney gas-producing region (near Dawson Creek, B.C.) to the LNG Canada facility in Kitimat. The goal is to deliver LNG to Asia, to replace coal used in power production. The venture is expected to start supplying customers with gas before 2025; expected delivery times from Kitimat to Tokyo will be eight days – much less than the 20 days needed to ship it from the U.S. Gulf Coast.
LNG Canada is a joint venture, comprised of five global energy companies with substantial experience in LNG – Shell, PetroChina, Korean Gas Company (KOGAS), Malaysia’s PETRONAS, and Mitsubishi Corporation. Together they will design, build, and operate the Kitimat terminal. The project was initially valued at approximately $40 billion and is one of the largest private infrastructure projects in Canada.
Construction on the first phase (consisting of two of four LNG processing units, or trains) will take approximately five years. Each train will have the capacity to produce at least 6.5 million tons per annum (mtpa) of LNG per train. The remaining two trains would be constructed during phase two. Site preparation is scheduled to begin in Q2, 2019.
Companies who serve the LNG sector and might be interested in opportunities with this project can find additional background here, here, and at National Resources Canada’s LNG Projects web page.