Council of the Haisla Nation near Kitimat on Canada’s west coast recently voted to approved a partnership agreement for the Cedar LNG project with Pacific Traverse Energy (PTE), a Vancouver-based energy infrastructure development company, and Delfin Midstream, an LNG export development company specializing in low-cost floating LNG technology. With the Haisla Nation holding the majority investment stake, Cedar LNG will be the first majority Indigenous-owned LNG export facility in Canada.
The Cedar LNG project will be a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility to be built in Douglas Channel. The plant will be designed to receive up to 400 million cubic feet per day of natural gas, to produce approximately 3 to 4 million tonnes of LNG per year for export to markets in Asia, and include storage capacity for up to 250,000 cubic metres of LNG. Natural gas to supply the facility will come from northeastern B.C., transported to the coast via the Coastal GasLink pipeline now under construction.
The project has already been granted a natural gas export licence by the Canadian Energy Regulator, and has started both provincial and federal environmental impact assessment processes. The facility is being designed to minimize environmental impacts: the liquefaction process will be electric-driven and use air-cooling technology, measures expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Cedar LNG will be Kitimat’s second LNG facility. The LNG Canada facility — supported by the Haisla Nation — is already under construction, planned to begin operation in 2025.