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More jobs coming to NE BC from Kitimat LNG


Blog by Kevin Kurjata | December 13th, 2010


Apache announced last week that it has applied for a license to produce and export LNG (liquified natural gas) and is moving ahead with preliminary engineering for the proposed LNG plant at Kitimat. Other significant stakeholders in the venture include Korea Gas and EOG Resources.

Kitimat LNG illustration .75

More long-term jobs for NE BC and the South Peace region are on the horizon. 2010 also saw discussions for a natural gas pipeline between Enbridge Pipelines and interested groups along the proposed route for the "Pacific Trail Pipelines" project with a pipeline running from a point north of Prince George and then out to the west coast. 

Interestingly, Royal Dutch Shell (very active in the Groundbirch area) is developing a Floating LNG processer/tanker for a "stranded natural gas" field off NW Australia. Shell also has stakes in very large LNG projects in Qatar and Eastern Russia. Together with Exxon, Shell leads the development of LNG technology world-wide. 

LNG tankers for moving the gas from Kitimat to Korean, Japanese and Chinese markets will be like this one ...
 
         LNG tanker

Apache's purchase of BP's assets in NE BC (the "Noel" project) makes Apache a "to-watch" corporation in the South Peace.

Apache, one of the largest mid-cap producers in the US, has corporate operations similar in overall scale to Encana. Apache is particularly active in the Horn River Basin where it has led development of the Horn River play via a Joint Venture with Encana.

Apache has also collaborated with Chevron in an LNG facility on the NW coast of Australia. The firm is aggressively building additional markets for natural gas world-wide.

World-class firms have their top engineers and business leaders working in the South Peace to expand production, reduce costs and expand retail sales from the Montney tight-gas play.  

That all translates to more well-paid jobs, and sustainable, long-term South Peace Action !