Despite this being a challenging time financially for liquefied natural gas projects on the B.C. coast, the Nisga’a Nation thinks it can make the numbers work.
The Nation recently proposed a $10 billion export facility that would be on Nisga’a treaty land about 80 km north of Prince Rupert. It would also include a pipeline.
“It’s in its infant stages,” Nisga’a President Eva Clayton told APTN News. “We expect controversy but we are going to engage in talks now.”
The nation is partnering with Rockies LNG, a group of LNG companies based in Calgary, as well as Western LNG, which is based in Texas.
“The Ksi Lisims LNG project is moving forward despite the cancellation of several other multi-billion-dollar LNG export projects in B.C., including the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Prince Rupert and Exxon Mobil Corp.’s $25-billion West Coast Canada LNG project,” the Financial Post reports.
Of the nearly 20 LNG proposals in recent years, only one is currently moving forward: LNG Canada. (You can watch a drone video of the ‘massive’ construction site here).
The proposal will almost certainly face opposition from other First Nations in the Skeena.
“Nisga’a neighbours have proven opposition to LNG can be fierce,” APTN News reports. “Both Wet’suwet’en and Tsimshian people opposed to mega projects in their traditional lands and put their bodies on the line, sometimes facing violent arrests.”
Stay tuned to Skeena Strong for further updates in the weeks and months to come.