KITIMAT, B.C. – The Haisla Nation and Pembina Pipeline Corporation have announced a new partnership agreement in the new Cedar LNG Project.

The project will be the largest First Nation-owned infrastructure project in the country and will have one of the cleanest environmental profiles in the world, says a release.

“It was important for us to find a partner with the same values of environmental protection and community-centered development,” said Crystal Smith, Haisla Nation, Chief Councillor. “Pembina’s long history of safe, reliable operations and engagement with local communities made them the distinct choice for Cedar LNG. With a strong partnership, Cedar LNG will bring tremendous economic opportunities and benefits ensuring the Haisla people have control of our own future.”

The proposed floating LNG facility in Kitimat is within the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation and is located in the Douglas Channel—a main shipping route on the west coast.

The facility will create jobs, contracting and other economic opportunities for the Haisla people and the region. There will be around 500 workers at the facility during the peak of construction and 100 workers there full time once it’s operational.

The floating design of the facility will have little environmental impact on the Douglas Channel coastline, according to a release, and the facility will be interconnected to the existing BC Hydro transmission system. This will utilize renewable electricity to make the Cedar LNG location one of the lowest emissions facilities across the globe.

The facilities capacity will be around three million tonnes per annum of LNG (liquified natural gas). The estimated cost of the project is around $3-billion.

More information can be found on the PRN website.