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REPORTING · 25th February 2015
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat LNG held an open house to update the public on Tuesday, February 24th at Riverlodge to update the public on their project.

“This is our Winter open house, we’re here to update people on the status of the project. We’re also here to answer any questions and get feedback from the community as well. We always want to know what the community is thinking,” said Gillian Robinson.

According to Robinson, Apache has announced they will be selling their stake in the project to Woodside. They are expecting the deal will close within the first quarter of the year.

In addition, in January, Morricetown became the 16th First Nations to sign onto the partnership meaning the Pacific Trial Pipeline is the first natural gas pipeline to have full first nations support.

“The big change that you will be noticing and people will start hearing about is the forest service road will reopen to the public as of March 1st. It’s always been a public road, it’s just while we were doing the work to widen and flatten it, it had to be closed for safety reasons,” said Robinson.

She stated this will allow people to access the recreation areas within the 14 Kilometres which they have widened. However, she is asking people to use caution as they will be traveling at their own risk upon the road. She is advising people to be prepared and is reminding people that logging trucks will be using the road as well as other traffic. The road does not have good cell service.

Robinson explained there would have to be certain factors in place prior to Final Investment Decision. The front end engineering has to be complete. There has to be cost and design certainty, meaning they need to know how much it will cost and how it will be built. There has to be a fiscal framework with the province. She added the Federal Government has just announced they will be giving a tax regime for LNG Place.

“We need to have those things solidified and in place in order for the project to move forward, we need to have LNG Contracts in place, we need to have those customers,” said Robinson. “You can’t put a timeline around those things, they will happen when they happen.”

The next open house should be around April so stay tuned.