Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd. is seeking to move ahead with a proposed CAD $27 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in western Canada after identifying a new site for shipping the fuel. Petronas’ Pacific NorthWest LNG project would continue as planned with the liquefaction plant on Lelu Island in British Columbia.
The company would move the docking facilities to neighbouring Ridley Island, where ships would berth to take deliveries of the fuel for export, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The project won Canadian government approval in September following more than three years of regulatory review.
Petronas and its partners are expected to decide whether or not to proceed with the project in early 2017. The facility would produce as much as 19.2 million metric tons of LNG a year and open up a new trade route for Canadian gas to be shipped to Asia.