LNG is a key priority. Port Edward LNG eyes construction start. And more. . . .

Our newsletter of 08 June 2023

Photo: Karen Ogen

Our Karen Ogen: LNG is a key priority

In a guest column for Glacier Media, our Alliance CEO says:

“If B.C. was to put a halt to LNG production, our natural gas would simply continue to flow to the United States, where much of it would be liquefied and exported as LNG — to many of B.C.’s potential overseas LNG customers — at a lower environmental standard, and at a profit to the U.S.

“The gas from Canada and the U.S. could also go to planned Mexican LNG plants, whose LNG then would compete with B.C.’s LNG.

“Not only would B.C. and First Nations around B.C. lose out on economic opportunity, such exports would increase emissions because our environmental standards are much higher than those in the United States or Mexico.”

She adds: “Moving forward in B.C. with the world’s cleanest LNG is strongly supported by our democratic allies in Japan and Korea. They are looking to natural gas to help with their energy transition from coal, while also shifting away from Russian natural gas. LNG, then, is a key priority for our democratic allies to ensure their energy security.”

And Karen concludes: “Let’s continue generating the revenues and jobs that will strengthen communities and services right here in B.C.”

Port Edward LNG eyes construction start

Port Edward LNG hopes to start construction in fall on its small-scale LNG-for-export plant 9km south of Prince Rupert.

CEO Chris Hilliard told the Alliance board: “Whether it happens in the fall or whether it drags out a little bit into winter, we will finally break ground and get into our two-year construction cycle. So it’s an exciting time, it’s a frantic time.”

Port Edward LNG could produce up to 300 tonnes of LNG a day, compared with up to 14 million tonnes by Phase One of the LNG Canada project at Kitimat.

“If LNG Canada is a walk-in freezer, Port Edward LNG is a bar fridge. We’re tiny. We’re about one percent the size of LNGC. . . .

“Having said that, it’s still LNG, so it still represents a $450-million project. So, it’s not small in that sense, but it’s also smaller in another way in that . . . our social impact is smaller. Perhaps ‘more manageable’ would be a good way of describing it.”

One more big difference: “Rather than using large ships and building complicated docking facilities, Port Edward LNG fills containers, about 40 containers, every single day and we move those containers on regular container ships.”

LNG “a very good energy option”

“Natural gas is not perfect. But . . . it is a very good energy option. It is a disservice to take the choice of Canadian LNG away from those that need it.”

That was written in The Calgary Herald by Billy Morin, managing director with Axxcelus, former chief of the Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta, and a member of the Energy for a Secure Future Advisory Council.

“There is a role for  . . . renewables in our energy mix, but suggesting they can address all the different ways we use fuels — for heat, for electricity, for transportation fuels, and as feedstocks for chemicals and fertilizers — is simply wrong.

“A leather bag and a glass of milk might both come from a cow, but they serve very different roles. So do natural gas and renewables.”

And there was more support for Canadian LNG exports:

  • Reliable, cleaner and cheaper: Canada’s LNG opportunity in the Asia-Pacific natural-gas market: http://ow.ly/8aHE50OEahs
  • ‘With Europe planning to boost LNG import capacity by 30%, Canada should step up and help our friends.’ https://bit.ly/3EpjHuh
  • Norwegians widely support using oil and natural gas to finance the shift towards more sustainable energy sources. Canada’s National Bank agrees Canada should follow suit: http://ow.ly/rUEs50Oz1y1
  • Podcast: François Poirier, CEO of TC Energy: ‘We have an abundant source of natural gas that can meet global energy demand and help accelerate the energy transition.’ Listen here: http://ow.ly/Lea650OxzU9
  • There’s ‘real urgency’ for Canada to move on LNG exports.— Prof. David Detomasi, of Queen’s University. Watch here: http://ow.ly/JhV950Oy2wm

 Indigenous clean-energy news


  • Remediation work is under way on the river water intake for LNG Canada: http://ow.ly/IcUW50OE4s3
  • Nearly 89% over-all progress has been achieved on Coastal GasLink pipeline project http://ow.ly/U0Nf50OA4Q5
  • New Brunswick pushes for natural-gas development, for LNG and for domestic use to replace coal for generating power: http://ow.ly/QiOB50OyTCW
  • Mexico is leapfrogging over Canada to become an LNG exporter. While Canada’s first LNG export project is expected to start operating in 2025, Mexico’s could come online this August: http://ow.ly/Q2lP50OCtLo
  • Column: This is the century of natural gas. 130 countries have natural-gas pipelines or have some in development. And global LNG demand is expected to nearly double by 2040. http://ow.ly/hn4950OvZbi



  • National Coalition of Chiefs Energy and Natural Resource Summit, June 11-12, Calgary: http://ow.ly/s7EH50NEGEC Speakers include our Alliance chair, Haisla Chief Councillor Crystal Smith, and our Alliance CEO, Karen Ogen.
  • The Global Energy Show, June 13-15, Calgary: http://ow.ly/UvTL50LjFlM
  • The First Nations Power Authority holds its Indigenous Cleaner Energy Forum, June 26-27, Saskatoon: http://ow.ly/NYMx50NVA1A





  • The International Gas Research Conference, May 13-16. Our Karen Ogen is on the national organizing committee. Conference website: https://igrc2024.org/

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