Blog: Solid support for LNG projects

Solid support for LNG projects

Canada Action, ‘an independent, grassroots, non-partisan organization,’ has long been a solid supporter of responsible LNG development in Canada.

It was good, then, during the holiday season to see their support for the Nisga’a Nation’s Ksi Lisims LNG project in BC.

It came as the Canada Energy Regulator gave Ksi Lisims a 40-year licence to export LNG.

That confirmed that the regulator believes there’s more than enough natural gas in Western Canada to support Ksi Lisims, and to support other long-term LNG projects and domestic demand.

But the project still needs federal and provincial approval to go ahead, so Canada Action gave ministers “5 reasons to say ‘Yes’ to Ksi Lisims LNG.”

No.1 reason:  “The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) – adopted into Canadian law in 2021 – provides new tools for Indigenous Peoples to say ‘yes’ to natural resource development which is in their best interests. . . .

“Located at Wil Milit on the border of Alaska and within the Nisga’a territory, it is clear that the Ksi Lisims LNG project is for the Nisga’a Nation to decide on whether or not to go ahead with development — and for them only — given the federal government’s ‘royal assent’ induction of UNDRIP legislation into Canadian law in 2021.”

50 facts include LNG and natural gas

Another huge supporter of responsible LNG and resource development in Canada is the Alberta government’s Canadian Energy Centre.

And as 2023 began to close in, the centre posted “50 facts about oil and gas” that included LNG and natural-gas development.

Among the 50 facts: “Canadian natural gas production is getting cleaner.”

It then noted in a graphic: “Between 2011 and 2019, the GHG emissions intensity of Canadian natural gas production fell from slightly under 61 kilograms of CO2 per boe (barrel of oil equivalent) to nearly 48 kilograms of CO2 per boe, a decline of about 22 per cent.”

And there was more:

  • The flaring of natural gas (burning unneeded or surplus gas into the atmosphere) has been cut by 48 per cent since 2014.
  • In 2018 and 2019, the oil and gas sector spent a total of $6.6 billion on environmental protection, while all other industries combined in Canada spent $11.9 billion. The oil-gas section is thus is the leader among the top five industries for such investment.
  • Under Ottawa’s plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050, our natural gas production will be two billion cubic feet per day lower in 2030 than now, and six billion cubic feet per day lower in 2050.

Now compare those production numbers with world-market demand for natural gas. Rystad Energy analysts see global gas demand growing by over 13% between 2021 and 2035, growing from 3,985 billion cubic metres (bcm) a year to 4,522 billion cubic metres.

If our Canadian natural-gas industry is free to grow, Rystad sees production rising from 173 bcm in 2021 to 265 bcm in 2035, an increase of nearly 48 per cent. LNG supply in Canada is expected to begin by 2025 (at 3.31 bcm per year), rising to 38.98 bcm per year by 2034, before falling slightly to 38.96 bcm by 2035, according to Rystad.

The Canadian Energy Centre itself says: “Canada can be a preferred and reliable supplier of LNG to Northeast Asia. Up to 31 per cent of the Northeast Asian LNG market share is available for Canadian LNG by 2050.”

And Fact No. 50 says: “If Canada increases its LNG export capacity to Asia, by 2050 net emissions could decline by 188 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year – or the annual impact of taking 41 million cars off the road.”

And as 2023 approaches, best New Year wishes from all the people at the First Nations LNG Alliance:


(Posted here 28 December 2022)


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