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. For example, liquefied natural gas from one project in B.C. can help displace between 20 and 40 coal-fired power plants.

Liquefying natural gas adds value to B.C.'s responsibly-developed natural gas. According to estimates from the Conference Board of Canada, two large and one small LNG facility in B.C. could create enough new revenue in B.C. to fund, every year for 30 years, salaries for 2,500 new nurses, 2,500 new teachers, 900 new family physicians, the construction of 60 new elementary schools and a new major infrastructure project, such as a bridge or subway.

  • 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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