Liquified Natural Gas efforts in BC take another blow

Premier Christy Clark visits with LNG industry leaders at Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek on June 20, 2014.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In the most recent LNG setback, Christy Clark and the Liberals have been dealt another blow in efforts to get LNG moving in British Columbia.

Earlier this year, in May, Fortis announced it signed an agreement to provide LNG gas from BC to the Hawaiian islands. In order to complete the deal, it would have required a major expansion at the Delta facility.

But on Tuesday of this week, Hawaiian Electric announced that they were pulling out of the deal. The company decided to withdraw applications for LNG with Fortis Hawaii Energy Inc., which is a Fortis subsidiary and they also scrapped what was a plan to upgrade one of their plants to use natural gas.

Christy Clark and the Liberals were hopeful that this deal would be of great potential.

In an article posted by The Province, they say that Hawaii had set a goal of supplying all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Allegedly, one of the reasons the Hawaiian company rejected the deal was concern that the new company would not be able to meet clean-energy requirements.