Kwispaa LNG has entered the next phase of project development with the submission of the project description to the regulatory authorities.
Steelhead LNG Limited is jointly developing the proposed Kwispaa LNG project at Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island with Huu-ay-aht First Nations.
A project description was filed with the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA). The project description provides a comprehensive overview of Kwispaa LNG and represents the culmination of several years of engagement and planning, the results of which have been integrated into ongoing environmental studies and engineering work.
The estimated capital cost of the first project phase for Kwispaa LNG is expected to be approximately C$10 billion and $10 billion for the subsequent phase, or further phases, according to the project description filed today.
Unique among Canadian LNG projects, Kwispaa LNG is being developed through a co-management relationship between Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations. As part of this collaborative approach, the Kwispaa LNG team has been undertaking joint environmental studies and engagement with First Nations and local communities.
The filing of the project description will allow them to work with Kwispaa LNG to establish the scope of the environmental assessment of the project. Extensive First Nations and community engagement to date by Kwispaa LNG has already identified areas of particular interest, such as marine shipping, which will be a focus of environmental studies.
Throughout the environmental assessment process, there will be multiple opportunities for public participation and input. The Kwispaa LNG team will also continue to engage with First Nations, communities, and stakeholders regarding the project, and welcomes feedback and comments.
This important project milestone follows other key milestones achieved by the Kwispaa LNG team, including: a Huu-ay-aht citizen referendum strongly supporting the project and execution of project-life agreements between Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations in 2017; the shortlisting of three global EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractors and launch of a contract tendering process for Kwispaa LNG's At-Shore LNG production units and onshore facilities in August 2018; and the successful completion of an innovative contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the design and construction of Kwispaa LNG's At-Shore LNG production unit hulls in September 2018.