Cedar LNG says it has reached key milestones for its proposed export facility in Kitimat after submitting an environmental assessment certificate application and awarding a front-end engineering and design contract.

With the recent submission to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office, the project moves into a 180-day application review phase.

“The submission of our application for an EAC represents another significant step forward in exporting Canadian LNG to overseas markets while supporting long-term prosperity for the Haisla Nation and the region,” said Scott Burrows, Pembina’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Each time we’ve returned to our design, whether to include community input or account for leading technology, we’ve made important improvements that have resulted in a superior project that respects the values of the local community and minimizes environmental effects.”

During the review phase, the application is provided to a technical working group and Indigenous groups for review and comment. It is also made publicly available for review and comment. From there, the EAO works with the applicant on resolving any outstanding concerns, if possible.

Cedar LNG is taking another step towards making its project a reality after awarding the FEED contract to Black & Veatch and Samsung Heavy Industries for the facility’s proposed floating liquefaction, storage and offloading unit.

Cedar LNG expects to make a final investment decision in 2023 following completion of the environmental assessment process.

“The Cedar LNG project will be the largest First Nation-owned infrastructure project in Canada, creating jobs, contracting and other economic opportunities for the Haisla Nation, the community of Kitimat, neighbouring Indigenous Nations, and the local region,” says Haisla Nation Chief Councillor, Crystal Smith.

“Cedar LNG represents long-term growth for our region in a way that protects our land and environment, and we are excited to see the project move forward in its environmental assessment process with innovative technology and reduced environmental footprint.”

Cedar LNG is a partnership between the Haisla Nation and Pembina Pipeline Corporation and is strategically positioned to leverage Canada’s abundant natural gas supply and provide a critical, Indigenous-partnered solution to support the global clean energy transition.