Prince Rupert LNG project site

The facility would receive natural gas from northeast BC via pipeline. The pipeline would be built and operated by Spectra Energy. Once the gas has been liquefied into LNG, it would be exported to international markets.

Ridley Island was selected as the project site after assessing more than 100 potential locations. It is an optimal site location for the following reasons:

  1. It’s already an industrial site with existing road, rail, power, and water infrastructure;
  2. It has deep water marine access; and
  3. It has minimal impact on marine life, habitats, protected species, and cultural heritage sites.

The Prince Rupert LNG team is actively engaging with aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities. The primary focus at this time is community engagement and community investment. Prince Rupert LNG is also working towards the completion of its environmental assessment. 

More details:

  • Prince Rupert LNG would be developed in two phases and could eventually have a production capacity of up to 21 million tonnes of LNG per year.
  • The project site covers approximately 255 acres of the southwestern part of Ridley Island.
  • Ridley Island is Federal Crown land under administration of the Prince Rupert Port Authority designated for industrial use.
  • The marine terminal would include one jetty and two ship-loading berths.

Project milestones

March 2014 – Authorization of NEB export license

On March 26 2014, Prince Rupert LNG received authorization from the National Energy Board to export LNG from the proposed facility on Ridley Island. 

May 2013 – Submission of Project Description

On May 3 2013, Prince Rupert LNG submitted its Project Description to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO). The Project Description provides detailed information on the proposed LNG facility including regulatory requirements, potential effects, and active engagement and consultation with First Nations, local communities, and other stakeholder groups. 

*Additional regulatory approvals 

Prince Rupert LNG is working with the CEAA and the BCEAO on the environmental permitting process. Other key permits for the proposed project include:

  • construction permits and facility regulation with the BC Oil & Gas Commission; and
  • other approvals and permits through the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Major Projects Management Office

Community investment work we’ve done over the past year:

  • 151 local First Nations people assistedinto jobs through Pathways to Success
  • 17 new businesses started with the support of ThriveNorth 
  • 60+ aboriginal and non-aboriginal women involved in Prince Rupert’s Women’s Leadership Network
  • 180+ local First Nations people supported through community-led cultural activities
  • 3500+ people engaged in the Vancouver Aquarium’s northwest BC activities
  • 3000+ youth supported through science and math programming in northwest BC

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