Skeena LNG Terminal
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Skeena LNG Terminal is a proposed LNG terminal in Skeena, Canada.
The terminal will be build in Skeena, Canada.
- Owner: Top Speed Energy
- Location: Skeena, Canada
- Coordinates: 54.233127, -129.806679 (approximate)
- Type: Export (domestic use only)
- Status: Proposed
- Start Year:
Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day
Top Speed Energy, a Chinese company based in Vancouver, plans to build an LNG liquefaction plant in Terrace, Canada to truck gas to remote communities, mines, and the Prince Rupert port for shipment overseas.
In September 2020, Top Speed Energy was seeking permits for the project, known as Skeena LNG, from the BC Oil and Gas Commission with plans to start construction in the spring of 2021. The project won’t undergo an environmental assessment, which British Columbia regulatory stipulations only require if a proposed LNG facility has a storage capacity of more than 136,000 cubic meters of LNG. Skeena LNG is considered a small project, and would have much less capacity than that threshold.
The liquefaction facility will be built in an industrial site near the Terrace airport. A small feeder pipeline will connect the plant to an existing pipeline owned by Pacific Northern Gas, a company that primarily supplies natural gas to residential customers across northwest B.C. Skeena LNG will use electricity supplied by BC Hydro to power its operations.
Top Speed Energy plans to provide LNG to remote and First Nations communities and mines in northwest B.C., which currently produce electricity with diesel generators. To accomplish this, fuel will be transported via truck, which is more flexible than pipeline distribution, but also raises safety concerns. While accidents are rare, transporting LNG by truck allows for the possibility of LNG vapor escaping the shipping containers and causing a fire or explosion if ignited, potentially close to residential communities.
Articles and resources
- Matt Simmons, Skeena LNG: five things you need to know about the proposed project in Terrace, B.C. The Narwhal, September 1, 2020