Shell-led joint venture obtains key permit for LNG facility in B.C.

VANCOUVER - A Shell-led joint venture company says it has obtained a key permit to build a liquefied natural gas export facility in northern British Columbia.

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LNG Canada says it is the first in the province to receive the permit from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission.

The LNG facility permit specifies the requirements the project must comply with when designing, constructing and operating the proposed facility in Kitimat, B.C.

Susannah Pierce of LNG Canada says it's the most crucial permit for the project following its environmental approval from federal and provincial authorities in June last year.

She says there are still several steps to be taken before a final investment decision, including obtaining one outstanding permit from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The facility, to be built in the coastal community of Kitimat, would initially consist of two LNG processing units, each with the capacity to produce 6.5 million tonnes of LNG annually.



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