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Woodfibre LNG to save energy on British Columbia LNG project

Woodfibre goes for electrical LNG trains in Squamish

2B1st_Project_Smart_Explorer_Sales_Pursuit_ToolThe newly established Canadian company Woodfibre Natural Gas Ltd (Woodfibre) has made the decision to go for the electrical solution to drives the liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains of its Woodfibre LNG project planned at Squamish in British Columbia, Canada.

Woodfibre LNG is one of these multiple export LNG terminal projects flourishing on the West Coast of Canada to supply energy thirsty countries in Asia out of the natural gas reserves in exploration and production in British Columbia and Alberta.

Woodfibre-LNG_Squamish_British_Columbia_CanadaIn 2013, the Singapore-based energy group RGE Pte registered Woodfibre as a company in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Since RGE has 35% direct interests in the Shanghai Rudong LNG Import terminal, the route to export from Woodfibre LNG project is already partly drawn up.

In addition to the abundant associated gas that cannot be exported to USA anymore, British Columbia and Alberta are developing their shale gas with the same enthusiasm as their American neighbor.

While US has limited infrastructures on the West Coast and is trapped in internal debate about the shale gas export policy, Canada, and especially British Columbia is encouraging all investments to export natural gas.

But the environmental constraints on the West Coast of Canada are as stringent as in US, and finding a site gathering easy acceptance from the local inhabitants to build a greenfield LNG plant is the main challenge for all investors.

Woodfibre LNG to be first to export LNG from Canada

In that respect Woodfibre played it smartly in proposing to convert an existing industrial site, the Woodfibre pulp mill, into Woodfibre LNG plant.

Located seven kilometers south of Squamish, this Woodfibre brownfield is ideally located as it benefit from the infrastructures developed for the pulp activities such as a deep water jetty, electrical power head lines.

Woodfibre-LNG_Squamish_British_Columbia_Canada_SiteIn addition Squamish stand few miles away from the FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) gas pipeline to be expanded to Woodfibre LNG plant.

The related Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project will require 52 kilometers additional pipeline and FortisBC to build a new gas compression station in Squamish.

According to these infrastructures, Woodfibre LNG could export up to 2 million tonnes per year (t/y) of LNG at a minimum of capital expenditure.

In December 2013, Woodfibre LNG received the National Energy Board (NEB) approval for 2.1 million t/y of LNG export license.

Thanks to the existing electrical power lines, Woodfibre could consider from the early days the opportunity to use electrical motors and drives to run the main compressors of the LNG trains instead of the conventional turbines.

This all electrical solution brings number of major advantages:

 – 80% reduction of the green house gas emission

 – Twice longer uninterrupted time of operations

 – Lower running costs

 – High efficiency operations

 – More revenues since all the gas is exported instead of being partly burnt in the turbines

Benefiting from all these features, Woodfibre is planning to make the final investment decision in 2015 in the perspective to load the first shipment on mid 2017.

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