LNG proponents form alliance

Four of the largest liquefied natural gas proponents have come together to push for the export of B.C. gas to Asia.

Four of the largest liquefied natural gas proponents have come together to push for the export of B.C. gas to Asia.

The B.C. LNG Developers Alliance, formed earlier this month, includes Lelu Island terminal developers Pacific NorthWest LNG, Ridley Island LNG developers the BG Group, Shell-led LNG Canada and Chevron-led Kitimat LNG. Rod Maier, manager of external communications with Chevron Canada for Kitimat LNG, said the alliance is still very much in its infancy.

“We have been having discussions and have created a framework for the alliance … we are still working out the details around governance and hiring staff, so we have not entirely gone live yet,” he said.

He noted that a formal launch will happen once staff is in place and a brand has been developed.

“Ideally the association would have been in place last year, but the launch will probably be in the coming months.”

Although discussions continue, Maier said the alliance was undertaken to promote collaboration in areas of common interest. As well, the alliance plans to create a program to create more awareness of the industry.

“Increasing education about our industry is a key component, along with establishing common best practices and goals,” said Maier.

“You see industry associations across a number of sectors and I think you will often see industry collaborate on things that are important to everyone involved.”

While the alliance aims to create a united voice in the development of the LNG export, and with Maier noting the possibility of future members exist, the companies will remain competitive when it comes to securing agreements and customers to bring their terminal to fruition.

– Shaun Thomas