REPORTING · 29th January 2015
Greg Cano from the Coastal Gas Link Project was in Kitimat on Monday, January 26th. The Coastal Gas Link Project will take gas from the Dawson Creek area down to Kitimat. It will serve the LNG Canada LNG Plant, which Shell is leading.
“We’ve got our Environmental Assessment Certificate which essentially, the BCEAO has said the impacts of the pipeline construction and operation can be mitigated. We received that certificate in October of last year and we put our bids out for our construction contracts and have received them as far as well as for Camps and clearing contracts are all out to bid and we will be receiving those, evaluating them and getting the contracts on board for detailed planning later this year,” said Cano.
As a part of their EAO Process, they were given 32 conditions which they have to fufill. Many of these require the company to develop and submit management plans for wildlife impacts and solcial economic impacts. The next steps will be getting input from stakeholders, Mayors, Councils, First Nations and the public on those plans and start detailed plans with their contractors.
If you are concerned some of these projects will not be going ahead because of recent changes in the markets, Cano explained: “The companies we are serving, which is LNG Canada, Shell, Petro China, Co Gas and Mitsubishi, all of those companies have their own production and their own markets and they are all long term energy players so their not worried about short term fluctuations in markets. They have the markets and what they are looking at is five years from now, not now, so it really hasn’t impacted their planning and their thinking for this project at this point in time.”
He told us this year is going to have a significant amount of planning and they will be doing open houses in April to let the public know where their project is and get people ready to approach their contractors to get jobs and work as sub-contractors.
They will run job fairs later in the years and get both participation and input from local residents.
Later that night, Cano presented to Council. He told Council the market in China is projected to continue growing and continue for the next 30 to 40 years.
“The LNG Project is one of the most, if not the most, credible project of all of the numerous ones that have been announced in British Columbia and if there is one that is going to go ahead, it will be that,” said Cano to Council.
Cano told Council they have located 5 potential locations which are suitable for camps. They will not be building any construction camps in the District of Kitimat boarders. The contractors will be responsible for the camps. These camps will be closer to Terrace as Kitimat will be busy building the plants itself.
He expressed they have received a lot of public input and have changed their plans locally to address the amount of public input which they have received from the people of Kitimat. Cano told Council they feel they are better because of the public input they have received.
They have developed training and education plans following interaction with the Haisla and the other First Nations of the area. They are consulting with 19 different Aboriginal bands within the area they plan to put the pipeline whom they have to consult with. Coastal Gas Pipelines has also talked to bands whom they do not have to consult with as well.
“We’ve really valued the input we’ve received,” said Cano.
Councillor Mary Murphy asked where the camps were planned to be located, if they had applied for crown land and if Cano was aware of the social effects it would have on Kitimat. Cano promised to provide Council with a map which would show where these camps would be located. However, he does not know how many there would be and their exact locations until they talk to their prime contractor.
Councillor Mario Feldhoff asked if they were considering housing some of their workers at the Civio open lodge in Strawberry Meadows. Cano stated they were open to considering it but they have made commitments for camp services job opportunities to be provided to First Nations and First Nations partnerships.
Councillor Larry Walker had a number of questions. One of his questions concerned how they were tied to the timetable of LNG Canada and the final investment decision. He asked if they do not make this decision until the fourth quarter of 2016, the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline will not be breaking ground until spring of 2017. Cano expressed if this is the case, they will not break ground until January 2017.
They will have to do campsite developments and access roads which they will be upgrading and using. It is estimated they will be building 90 kilometres of roads and every other road will be upgraded, which they can do in the wintertime.
“We are planning to be ready on January 1st, 2016 to go, but we respect our clients and everything we have heard from them is early 2016,” said Cano.
There were no further questions so they sat down.