B.C., Kitselas First Nation strengthen LNG partnership

The British Columbia government and the Kitselas First Nation have reached new agreements to ensure the nation receives direct benefits from the construction and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities on B.C.’s north coast.

The agreements provide benefits to the Kitselas First Nation based on specific steps in the development of a coastal LNG industry and reflect Kitselas support for an industry that is environmentally and socially responsible, and respectful of Aboriginal rights.

The Kitselas LNG Benefits Agreement provides funding for community and economic development projects, and funding and land transfers linked to the construction and operation of proposed LNG export facilities, including Pacific Northwest LNG and LNG Canada.

The Coastal Fund Benefits Agreement defines ongoing financial benefits for the Kitselas First Nation prior to and during export operations, including those linked to PNW LNG, LNG Canada and any additional LNG export facilities that may be built in the Prince Rupert or Kitimat areas.

Funding from these agreements will be used for:

  • Community development projects and social initiatives;
  • Investment in renewable energy projects and community energy planning;
  • Education and skills training, in particular for Kitselas community members to participate in business or employment opportunities created by LNG projects; and
  • Economic development, including investment that supports LNG development activities.

The Kitselas First Nation has also entered into a reconciliation agreement with B.C. This agreement strengthens the government-to-government relationship, builds on a treaty agreement-in-principle signed in 2015, and supports completion of a final treaty. The reconciliation agreement includes funding for a community wellness process to address the effects of industrial development on the Kitselas community.

The PNW LNG project, located in the District of Port Edward, is pending a final investment decision by PETRONAS and its venture partners: Sinopec, JAPEX, Indian Oil Corporation and PetroleumBRUNEI. Collectively, this partnership is conducting a full evaluation of the PNW LNG project before any final investment decision is announced.

LNG Canada is a joint venture company comprised of Shell Canada Energy, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell plc, and affiliates of PetroChina, Korea Gas Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation. The joint venture is proposing to build an LNG export facility near Kitimat.

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