Newsletter: Woodfibre LNG to ramp up work; and more

Our newsletter: 17 August 2023

Woodfibre LNG site

Woodfibre LNG to ramp up work at site

In September, Woodfibre LNG crews will begin preparing the Howe Sound site for installation of prefabricated modules from China.

Workers will live in a “floatel” — a former cruise ship that will have 400 to 600 beds.

Nineteen modules will come by sea from Qingdao City, spread over two years.

The  largest module will be the liquefaction unit that will weigh close to 11,000 tonnes.

“We expect that the first module will be ready to be shipped in late August 2024,” said Woodfibre’s communications director, Sean Beardow.

Woodfibre notes that it will use electric e-drive engines in its processing. “Woodfibre LNG will be the world’s first net-zero facility when it begins operations in 2027.”

Work will also start in September on expansion of the current FortisBC pipeline that will serve Woodfibre LNG.

Cedar LNG site

Cedar LNG further studies floating plant

The Haisla Nation’s Cedar LNG project in B.C. has undertaken a second Front End Engineering Design (FEED) process for its floating LNG vessel, and has delayed its final investment decision.

“In conjunction with detailed commercial discussions and ongoing negotiations between LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink, this has resulted in the anticipated final investment decision being revised to the fourth quarter of 2023.”

Nuclear power for Indigenous communities?

As Canada plans more nuclear power generation, a developing type of generators — Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) —could be of interest to some of the 200 or so Indigenous communities in Canada that still have to depend on diesel generators for their electricity.

A key plus of SMRs is that they can be pre-fabricated and shipped to their locations, significantly reducing construction costs. They are scalable, and can be custom-made to suit isolated areas, areas of limited electrical need, and sites with limited water supplies.

And they could also be used to power LNG projects.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute says: “An opportunity exists for SMRs to provide added economic opportunity, environmental alignment and energy security for Indigenous communities, if done correctly.”

And from Resource Works: Is it time for BC to go nuclear? It could include small modular reactors as game-changers for rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

 Our new Alliance advisor

Robert Dennis Robert Dennis is named Advisor to our First Nations LNG Alliance.

He was chief councillor of the Huu-ay-aht Nations on Vancouver Island from 1995 to 2011 and again from 2015 to 2023.

Robert spent a good part of four years, from 2011 to 2015, working with Karen Ogen, now CEO of our Alliance, when she was chief councillor of Wet’suwet’en First Nation.

Together they led and negotiated numerous Natural Resource Consultation and Accommodation Agreements

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Indigenous clean-energy news

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  • Treaty 5 coalition seeks “surplus energy” from Manitoba Hydro for northern Alberta, and for diesel-reliant communities in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan:
  • Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Métis Federation sign “win-win” revitalization agreement:
  • Wolastoqey Nation seeks recognition of rights and title in New Brunswick hydro dam and plant overhaul, and are interested in building and owning wind farms:
  • First Nations partnerships called “integral” to plans to produce hydrogen from forestry waste:
  • Klahoose First Nation gets sustainable certification for Klahoose Wilderness Resort in BC:
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