Shell, Partners Move Forward with Kitimat Export Facility
Shell, Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), Mitsubishi Corporation, and PetroChina Company Limited on Tuesday announced they are developing a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Western Canada, near Kitimat, British Columbia.
This project will help make Canada’s abundant supplies of cleaner-burning natural gas available to global markets including Asia’s dynamic and fast-growing economies. It brings together partners with a unique combination of strengths: innovation, financial muscle, development expertise and access to important markets.
Shell holds a 40 percent interest in the LNG Canada project (www.LNGCanada.ca), with KOGAS, Mitsubishi and PetroChina each holding a 20 percent interest. The proposed project includes the design, construction and operation of a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of LNG, including marine off-loading facilities and shipping.
LNG Canada will initially have two LNG processing units, or “trains,” each with the capacity to produce six million tonnes of LNG annually, with an option to expand the project in the future.
The partners will decide whether to move ahead with the project’s development after conducting engineering work and environmental assessments, as well as consultations with local communities and other stakeholders. Start-up could come around the end of the decade, assuming all necessary regulatory approvals and investment decisions.
The project announcement comes in the context of growing demand for natural gas in Asia and elsewhere, as countries look to support economic development with cleaner forms of energy.