Ksi Lisims LNG has achieved another significant milestone with the submission of its application to the B.C. government for an Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC). The application is the culmination of extensive consultation, studies, and analysis designed to identify and mitigate potential effects on a wide range of matters related to the project. The filing marks the conclusion of the proponent-led application development phase and the commencement of the EAO-led application review phase.
Highlights from the project’s planning and design include:
• A world-leading GHG management program, backstopped by a credible plan to be netzero by 2030.
• An electric-drive facility design that reduces emissions by 90 per cent compared to a typical LNG production facility and is ready for hydroelectric grid connection at startup.
• A safe and remote site that minimizes wildlife impacts and protects traditional Indigenous and commercial harvests.
• Selection of floating LNG technology substantially reduces land disturbance.
• Offshore construction of the floating LNG reduces impacts on local infrastructure and services.
• On-site accommodations for construction and operations workers limits community impacts and pressures on regional housing.
The project development team will continue to engage with participating Indigenous nations, government agencies, and citizens across B.C.’s northwest to ensure questions and concerns are being addressed and feedback is considered in project planning. This filing commences a statutory 180-day period for review and comment by the technical advisory committee, participating Indigenous nations, regulatory agencies, and the public. Following receipt of those comments, Ksi Lisims will refile an amended, final application. The BC Environmental Assessment Office then follows a statutory 150 day period for consideration of the application and makes a recommendation regarding the issuance of an Environmental Assessment Certificate.
Ksi Lisims LNG will be one of the most significant Indigenous-supported industrial developments in Canadian history. The project is an example of economic reconciliation in action: co-developed with the Nisga’a Nation and hosted on land owned in fee-simple by the Nisga’a Lisims Government. Once operational, Ksi Lisims LNG will produce 12 million tonnes of LNG per year. It is expected to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and provide substantial financial benefits to the Nisga’a Nation, and to Indigenous nations across B.C.’s northwest.
The application will be available for public comment on the Ksi Lisims LNG page of the BC Environmental Assessment Office website: EPIC (gov.bc.ca)
The Nisga’a Nation is a self-governing, modern treaty Nation with significant, defined control of and rights over their lands. They are a founding member of the First Nations Climate Initiative. https://www.nisgaanation.ca
Rockies LNG Partners is a partnership of Canadian natural gas producers formed to advance LNG market access opportunities on the west coast of British Columbia. Rockies LNG’s partners are committed to responsible development of Canadian natural gas resources. http://www.rockieslng.com
Western LNG is based in Houston and Vancouver. The company is an experienced developer and operator of LNG and related energy infrastructure facilities. https://www.westernlng.com