THE GLOBE AND MAIL – Why Canada should be the home of ecologically-responsible natural resources

Lorraine Mitchelmore is chair of the Resources of the Future Economic Strategy Table and former president of Shell Canada.

The expression “can’t see the forest for the trees” could have been coined by a typically modest Canadian.

It summarizes perfectly much of our current attitude to the embarrassment of riches that constitute our natural resources: our vast forests, our wealth of metals and minerals and our diverse reserves of energy that make us a top producer in many categories.

We have commodities that would be the envy of any other country in the world. And yet, for a variety of reasons, we seem determined not to take full advantage of them. We are not building as many projects as we should, we are not attracting our share of global capital, we are not fully reaching global markets and, in certain cases, we are selling our products at significant discounts to the benefit of other countries.

As a result, the resource sector is not generating the level of wealth for Canada in the form of taxes, royalties, community investments, jobs and business opportunities of which it is capable.

Given the world’s growing demand for more resources that are produced more responsibly, the greatest contribution Canada can make to meeting global demand and achieving a lower carbon economy is not to move away from resource development. Instead, it’s to produce the cleanest mining, forestry and energy products, including hydrocarbons, to displace less responsible alternatives around the world, the way LNG Canada will lower global carbon emission by displacing coal in China.

In other words, we have a tremendous opportunity.

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Kwispaa LNG reaches major milestone with filing of Project Description with provincial and federal regulators

VANCOUVER, B.C. Kwispaa LNG has entered the next phase of project development with the submission of the Project Description to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The Project Description provides a comprehensive overview of Kwispaa LNG and represents the culmination of several years of engagement and planning, the results of which have been integrated into ongoing environmental studies and engineering work.

Unique among Canadian LNG projects, Kwispaa LNG is being developed through a co-management relationship between Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations. As part of this collaborative approach, the Kwispaa LNG team has been undertaking joint environmental studies and engagement with First Nations and local communities.

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Canada’s Kwispaa LNG and Hyundai Heavy Industries close deal for Front-End Engineering and Design of At-Shore LNG™ hulls for the Kwispaa LNG Project

 

BARCELONA, SPAIN – The Kwispaa LNG Project achieved another significant milestone in its development this week as Kwispaa LNG signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) of two At-Shore LNG™ hulls.

This follows the recent Invitation to Tender to shortlisted EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) contractors for the FEED work on the At-Shore LNG topsides, marine facilities, pre-treatment, and balance of onshore plant facilities. EPC contractor tenderers include:

  • Black & Veatch / Samsung Heavy Industries / PCL Industrial Management Inc.;
  • CB&I / Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. (COOEC); and
  • TechnipFMC.

All FEED work is expected to commence in early 2019.

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Steelhead LNG appoints Corey Goulet as Vice President, Pipeline

VANCOUVER, BC  Steelhead LNG has further bolstered the strength and experience of its Leadership Team with the appointment of energy infrastructure leader Corey Goulet as its Vice President, Pipeline effective July 3, 2018.

Goulet brings 33 years of experience in the energy infrastructure industry to Steelhead LNG. His work experience and expertise include the successful development and operation of natural gas, hydro and transmission power facilities; gas, oil and refined products pipelines; and oil and gas production facilities, throughout North America. Prior to joining Steelhead LNG, Goulet was most recently VP, Integrity and Projects at Tundra Energy Marketing. He also spent nearly 20 years at TransCanada Corporation, including senior leadership positions, eight years at Enbridge Inc. and four years at Home Oil, in various projects, operations, engineering and business roles.

In his role as Vice President, Pipeline, Goulet will work collaboratively towards successfully developing and leading the strategy for designing, contracting and constructing the natural gas pipeline and taking it into sustainable operating mode to meet the market demand for the affiliated Kwispaa LNG export facility. He will also support Steelhead LNG’s gas supply contracting efforts.

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Western Canadian energy executive Randy Jespersen joins Steelhead LNG Executive Team and Board of Directors

 

Jespersen brings more than 35 years of energy industry experience, including delivering major natural gas pipeline and LNG projects in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – Steelhead LNG’s development of a natural gas pipeline and ongoing gas supply discussions to support the Kwispaa LNG facility will benefit from the strategic and relationship leadership of former Terasen CEO R.L (Randy) Jespersen who has been appointed Executive Chairman, Pipeline. Mr. Jespersen joins Steelhead LNG’s Leadership Team and will sit on its Board of Directors.

“I am very impressed by the calibre of the Steelhead LNG team and by the company’s low-cost pathway to developing the Kwispaa LNG project and pipeline that is competitive in the current market, creates an attractive pricing opportunity for British Columbia and Alberta producers, and benefits all British Columbians, including our First Nations partners,” said Jespersen.

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Kwispaa LNG shortlists four EPC contractors for Feed work

 

Competitive FEED contract to be awarded to two successful bidders in third quarter 2018

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations today announced that they have narrowed the field of bidders to complete front-end engineering and design (FEED) work on the proposed Kwispaa LNG project. The project is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and is licensed to export up to 24 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for 25 years. Initial production of 12 mtpa is expected to begin in 2024.

Following a rigorous Expression of Interest process, four Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors have been shortlisted. They include: Black & Veatch / Samsung Heavy Industries / PCL Industrial Management Inc.; CB&I / Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. (COOEC); KBR; and TechnipFMC. Invitations to Tender are expected to be issued in Q2 2018. Continue reading

Kwispaa LNG an opportunity for Huu-ay-aht First Nations

 

On Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, representatives from the Kwispaa LNG project team were in Port Alberni council chambers to provide more information about the Kwispaa LNG project. The proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility was given the go-ahead after a Huu-ay-aht community referendum resulted in a 70 percent vote in favour in March 2017. The positive vote meant that Steelhead LNG, a Canadian company based out of Vancouver, would develop the LNG project through a co-management relationship with the Huu-ay-aht.

“We have the support of our people, we have the support of our hereditary chiefs and we have the support of our council for this project,” said Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr.

Read the full article in the Alberni Valley News

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