LNG Canada is proceeding with site preparation work to get ready for a positive go ahead decision on the $40-billion project later this year.
The company says that the work will put the LNG export terminal in Kitimat, B.C. “in the best place possible” should the decision occur.
“Over the summer, we will begin some work that is seasonally sensitive, ensuring we care for and minimize impacts to the environment,” LNG Canada said in its July community newsletter.
“Some of this works needs to be started now, to help the project remain on schedule should the joint venture partners take final investment decision.”
Here are the activities, scheduled to commence July:
Site preparation for workforce accommodation centre - Cedar Valley Lodge
“During full construction, we will need about 4,500 skilled trades workers to construct the project,” the company said.
“We want to ensure these workers can be accommodated in a suitable and dedicated facility, resulting in the least amount of impact on the community.”
Preparation for marine construction
Preparation for marine construction includes dredging works to increase the depth of the berthing areas in the Port of Kitimat.
“These activities are not expected to impact local marine traffic but there will be possible noise related to dredging and transportation of the dredge material. LNG Canada will be regularly monitoring noise levels to minimize disruption to the community and to Kitimat Village,” the company said.
Seasonally sensitive site work
“Site work that has been permitted and needs to be done now because it is seasonally sensitive, such as creek work at Beaver Creek and Kitimat River Side Channel,” LNG Canada said.
“The objective of this work is to avoid, minimize and where necessary offset fish habitat as required under our federal fisheries authorizations. We will construct habitat offsets to compensate for impacts to the freshwater and marine habitat.”