LNG in British Columbia

Over the next 25 years, the world's population is projected to grow by nearly two billion people. In less than half that time, the global middle class will double. The world is looking for cleaner sources of electricity and that's where B.C. can help.

The world wants natural gas because it is an affordable source of energy that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. B.C.'s natural gas, produced to some of the highest regulatory and environmental standards in the world, can help meet this demand.



  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is natural gas chilled to about -162° Celsius, the point at which natural gas condenses to liquid. The cooling process takes place in a LNG facility, similar to a large refrigerator.
  • LNG is non-explosive, non-toxic, non-corrosive and does not mix with water or soil. In case of a release it becomes a natural gas again and mixes into the atmosphere, causing no environmental or other impacts.
  • In a liquefied state, LNG takes up about 1/600th of the space of natural gas in its vapour state, making it more efficient to transport in specially designed carriers to overseas markets.

  • Natural gas is a cleaner-burning fuel that produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than other hydrocarbons.
  • LNG is the same natural gas used throughout Canada to heat our homes, schools and businesses; cook our food; and, increasingly, fuel trucks, buses and ships.
  • Customers who buy LNG will use it for these same purposes. They will also use it to displace coal when generating electricity which leads to lower green house gas emissions.

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Safety

Marine Safety

Safely transported

for over

50 years

LNG has been transported safely worldwide for more than 50 years. Over that period, more than 71,000 loaded LNG voyages covering about 151 million miles have occurred without any significant incidents at sea or in port.

LNG carriers are specially designed and used only for LNG transport. They are double-hulled and have sophisticated leak detection technology, safety monitoring systems and advanced navigation equipment to ensure the LNG is transported safely.

LNG is transported using state-of-the-art double-hulled carriers with advanced leak detection systems

Facility Safety

As a new industry to B.C., producers have the advantage of being able to build and operate the most modern and safest LNG facilities in the world.

LNG facilities have multiple layers of protection, including:

  • highly trained certified operators
  • spill containment systems

  • fire protection systems
  • multiple gas, flame, smoke and low- and high-temperature detectors and alarms
  • automatic and manual shut-down systems
  • video surveillance systems

If LNG escapes into the atmosphere, it simply converts back to natural gas and mixes safely with the air.

The safety and security of our workers and the communities where we operate and live is our first priority

Producing Natural Gas

LNG facilities in B.C. will export natural gas from the northeastern region of B.C. where natural gas has been safely produced for decades.

Most of the natural gas will be extracted using hydraulic fracturing, a regulated, safe and proven technology in use since the 1960s. This process involves injecting a mix of water, sand and small amounts of additives down a cement-cased well and out through holes in a steel liner to crack the shale rock and allow gas to flow.

Here in B.C., much of the natural gas used to heat our homes, cook food and fuel vehicles, is produced using hydraulic fracturing.

Read more about natural gas production in B.C. 

In B.C. all hydraulic fracturing occurs at a depth many kilometers far below groundwater aquifers, so no contamination can happen. Wells are lined and cemented with steel casings to prevent the natural gas or hydraulic fracturing fluid from coming in contact with the water.

LNG Projects in British Columbia

LNG Projects in British Columbia

Alliance Members

Kitimat LNG

www.chevron.ca/kitimatlng

LNG Canada

www.lngcanada.ca

Prince Rupert LNG

www.princerupertlng.ca

Triton LNG

www.altagas.ca

Woodfibre LNG Project

www.woodfibrelng.ca

WCC LNG

www.wcclngproject.ca

Grassy Point LNG

www.woodside.com.au

Tilbury LNG

www.fortisbc.com/tilbury

Environmental Stewardship

The B.C. LNG Alliance represents eight of the leading LNG projects in B.C. Our members bring decades of experience, insight and global best environmental practices to developing LNG in B.C. Our goal is to develop an LNG industry that British Columbians can be proud of: safe and environmentally responsible.

In practising responsible environmental stewardship, all of our members will identify potential environmental impacts and design ways to eliminate or mitigate adverse impacts to the air, land and water.

Read more about responsible LNG development in B.C. 

All LNG projects must undergo independent environmental assessment processes under the Canada and British Columbia Environmental Assessment Acts. Science-based and comprehensive, environmental assessments provide opportunities for public participation in the review process.

For more information about the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Process, please visit: www.eao.gov.bc.ca

For information about the Canadian Environmental Assessment, please visit: www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca

All LNG projects must undergo independent environmental assessment processes under the Canada and British Columbia Environmental Assessment Acts