REPORTING · 4th June 2014
Marc Douglas, Senior Advisor of External Affairs for Chevron Canada was at Council on Monday, June 2nd to give Council an update on their project, Kitimat LNG.
“The biggest thing in the last couple of months has been a very successful conference down in Vancouver. The BC LNG Conference took place in Vancouver 2 weeks ago. Over 1600 delegates took part in it, we were one of the sponsors, and one of the most interesting parts of this conference was the youth component. Over 1600 youth from across the province took part in an LNG information session, a jobs session, a find your fit session. We actually were lucky enough to sponsor 16 of those youth coming down, 15 of which came from Kitimat,” said Douglas.
They are still working on land fill permitting. The public consultation is coming to an end. Councillor Mario Feldhoff asked them what the biggest impediment to moving forward towards a final investment decisions was. Douglas replied there were four areas of uncertainty.
First off is finalization of contracts with the LNG buyers for the market. Second is the fiscal certainty which is depending on the province. This relates to the LNG tax which would have to be competitive for the project to go ahead
Then there is the technical side of things, finishing the feed which would give them greater certainty relating to the design of project and the costs. Finally, they have 15 of 16 First Nations signed on to the pipeline and Kitimat LNG is in active negotiations to maintain support with the First Nations.
Councillor Rob Goffinet expressed that both Chevron and Shell were visible at the conference, they were on panels, had receptions, displays, interacted with the public and: “At all times, it was especially gratifying being a representative of Kitimat that when we saw, blazoned everywhere, Kitimat LNG, Chevron/Apache did such an excellent job, not only representing themselves and the industry, but by showing our name, you really did put Kitimat forward in a wonderful way and I was actually very impressed and very proud, the way you displayed Kitimat throughout the conference. It was a BC LNG, but really, it was almost a world class, LNG conference because people came from all over the world to be there that week,” said Goffinet.
Douglas told him doing this was as important to them as it was to the District of Kitimat and thanked him for the comment. Councillor Mary Murphy agreed with Goffinet.
Feldhoff wanted to know more about the camp. He was told there are 310 beds open. They expected this number to be 610 by the end of the year.
KLNG held an open house the following day, Tuesday June 3rd at Riverlodge to stay in touch with the community of Kitimat. (pictured below)