Updated on Jan. 10.
WCC LNG waded into the environmental assessment process on Jan. 7 when B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office notified the proponent that an environmental assessment certificate was required for the proposed project to move ahead.
Exxon, the world's largest energy company, and its Canadian subsidiary, Imperial Oil, have proposed to develop an LNG project under a venture known as WCC LNG Ltd.
WCC LNG Project Ltd. proposes constructing and operating a liquefied natural gas export facility and associated marine terminal on Tuck Inlet, currently owned by Prince Rupert Legacy Inc., and within the city limits of Prince Rupert.
A Project Description was submitted to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, according to Doug Caul, Associate Deputy Minister, Environmental Assessment Office.
Judging by the export permit regulatory filings, this is a massive project. However, very little has been made public by the proponents.
On Dec. 16, 2013, WCC LNG was granted a license to export 30 million tonnes of LNG per year for a term of 25 years. The permit was approved by the federal government in March 2014.
They have been in ongoing talks with local First Nations groups in the area since 2011.
WCC LNG confirmed that they filed a project description applied with both the BC CAO and the federal CEAA.
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Exxon/Mobil launch Environmental Process for Proposed Tuck Inlet LNG Terminal
The first step towards the start of the Environmental Assessment Process for the proposed Tuck Inlet LNG project has been made, as Exxon/Mobil, working until the company name of WCC LNG have made their application to the Environmental Assessment Office. In documents posted to the EAO website on January 7th WCC LNG outlined the nature of their project, which at full build would produce up to 30 million tonnes per year of liquefied natural gas, shipped from a Terminal facility to be constructed on the eastern side of Tuck Inlet on the east side of Prince Rupert.
When completed, the facility would have a storage capacity of 1.600,000m3 and would produce up to 30 million tonnes per year of LNG.