REPORTING · 3rd November 2010
Apache Corp was in Kitimat on Wednesday October 29th to meet with the people of Kitimat and answer any questions about the project. They held a pizza dinner before the question and answer period in the Rio Tinto Alcan Room of Kitimat Valley Institute.
It was President of Apache Canada’s, Jim Wall, third time in Kitimat. After introducing Apache, he moved into the LNG side of the presentation. “This gives us an avenue to places other then the states and here in Canada,” said Wall. He introduced the other representatives of Apache in the room to the people of Kitimat before he explained the project.
“We take pipeline gas and we take it across to Kitimat here. Our facilities will take this gas and turn it into a liquid. We’ll then offload it onto specially built tankers and they’ll go away with this liquid. The liquid is a converted gas; very clean. If you were to have something happen, it just flashes off. LNG has been taken all over the world, 32,000 shipments made all over the world and it’s proven to be a very safe technology,” said Wall.
He explained they have a large production base with the gas coming out of North East British Columbia. Then, they take it south to be processed. After processing it will be transported to Kitimat where it will be converted to a liquid and shipped in tankers.
He affirmed they were not like the Enbridge project that they had already received environmental approval. Currently they are putting their leases in place and will next move onto design. In 12 months it will goes to the corporate board for approval. Once they get their construction contract, the construction begins. Wall estimated it would take about 42 months for the construction to complete and estimated it would be done around 3rd quarter, 2015.
He explained this completion date is expected to hit a favourable window in the international market for Natural Gas and Canada will offer stable delivery. He explained they will have 1500 to 2000 jobs in camp during the construction phase of the project. After completion the number of people running the facility will be between 100 and 200 but there will also be more jobs in supporting the project.
Wall opened the floor to questions. The first question concerned the board approval from two different boards. The response was the boards are being kept up to speed on the project so they will not be dropping it on them.
Another question asked if there would be any smell from the plant. The response was the smell of Natural Gas is added to the product so people can detect it in the case of a leak. The compressed gas would not have the Mercaptan added.
Walter Thorn asked if the LNG project would be able sell Natural Gas to Kitimat at lower prices. Wall replied they have not talked much about this topic but it did make sense as they will be bringing in a lot more. However, they do not own PNG so they are not certain if they could bring Kitimat a better price.
One questioner asked about the Megawatt Consumption and another asked about emissions and waste.
“This will be the smallest carbon footprint facility in the world because most of the large [facilities] generate their own power on site,” said Wall.
He explained there would be emissions from the treatment and most of this would be processed out so it would be the equivalent of heating a home. In addition, to make things safer, they wish to upgrade the navigational aids.
Dave Calvert, Business Manager for the Kitimat Project, explained there was a TERMPOL study which looks at the traffic coming in and out of the Douglas Channel. They will be working with the marine company from Vancouver to come up with the upgrades they need for safety. It was explained they would be there for 30-40 years so they would have the same goals as the people of Kitimat.
The next question was: ‘As the project will be built at Bisch Cove, which belongs to the First Nations, would the District of Kitimat expect any taxes to come in from it. The reply was they would not with the exception of the pipeline which travels through the community.
Councillor Rob Goffinet asked who will be constructing the pipeline. The response from Wall was; Pacific Trial Pipeline will be doing the work up to a few kilometers away from the facility where the workers at the plant would take over. Goffinet also wanted to know when they will see some activity. Wall stated they hope to be clearing the site and upgrading the road by summer of next year.
Wall concluded the presentation by explaining they were in the process of filing with the National Energy Board relating to a 20 year export license. There are also plans to expand the operation later in its lifetime. A pipeline, Wall stated, properly maintained could last 50 years.
Apache opened their KLNG office for the public to see what it looked like after the meeting. They were uncertain when it would open as they were still looking for staff.
Paul, What if?
Comment by Gerry Hummel on 7th November 2010
My letter was intended as a joke, some people have no sense of ha ha when it comes to this issue. Paul you are sitting on a gold mine there in Alberta and northern BC, why not process that oil here in Canada and create jobs for Canadians is what a lot of us are saying. We don't want a pipeline carrying heavy crude such as which leaked into the Gulf of Mexico and the Kalamazoo river running through valleys, over mountains, under salmon bearing rivers, all affected by earthquakes,landslides and snow slides common to this area of the country. The pressures needed to run such a pipeline through those terrains, would render some leaks unnoticeable if one were to happen. The detrimental environmental affects of the tar sands on Alberta are already well documented so why create more. If you built refineries in Alberta you could process it all there, creating thousands upon thousands of oil and transport related jobs for Canadians. It would be much safer to ship the refined oil and gas by truck and rail to ports in BC and then shipped by freighter to China and the US. No tankers involved. Everybody would be happy, except the Commie red Chinese government sucking up our natural resources to create jobs for themselves while Canada’s economy tanks. Hopefully you’re not one of those Commie lovin guys who just wants to sell our natual resources off as quick as possible and leave nothing to create jobs for our children. Hey maybe RioTinto Alcan can build a mill here in Kitimat to produce Rolled aluminum to make oil cans with, bonus for us. *Gerry “lives” in Kitimat.
Comment by paul dament on 3rd November 2010
What if the entire rift along the West coast lets go and you end up in the drink? What if we're an experiment,run by extraterrestrials? What if the moon is really just blue cheese? You can always find a "What if", no matter what proofs and facts are given, I'm sure you're a glass half empty sorta' fellow.
I suggest, instead, you get your work boots and get ready for the "good times" to come to town. We need work, taxes from business and it's on it's way. Y ou can embrace it and welcome it, or work against progress and prosperity. Kitimat is on the verge of becoming a world leader in energy production and if done properly, the envy of a very hungry, poor world.
This is not only directed to you sir, but all of the other naysayers and opponents of energy production.
It's not dirty, it's not human trafficing, not drug production, not terrorism.
It's ENERGY,the world requires it,you require it and all will get it somewhere. Would you rather we get our energy from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela etc., or would you rather we extract it, produce it, use it and sell it? With all the benefits going to you, your Countrymen, your international partners, and don't forget your family and the future of your children and grandchildren.
Don't be so naive people,you can't live on love and solar alone!
Paul Dament lives in Sundrie Alberta
Comment by Gerry Hummel on 3rd November 2010
Did anyone wonder what would happen if an Oil Tanker filled with oil were to collide with a tanker loaded with LNG gas? Just wondering if the Hole left would be called the Douglas Sea!