Skeena LNG explains proposed project at Open House in Terrace

John Crawford

A small crowd gathered at the Best Western Inn in Terrace Saturday, to learn more about a liquefied natural gas project proposed for the Skeena Industrial Development Park, south of the Terrace-Kitimat Airport. 

Top Speed Energy proposes to build a small LNG export facility -- referred to as a micro-liquefaction plant -- which would be powered by electricity and would take natural gas from the already-existing PNG gasline. 


The finished product would shipped through Prince Rupert to remote communities and to Asia.

TSE's CEO,  Clark Roberts, says it will create employment in the region.

"I think for Terrace, we're going to be seeing a good industrial tax base for the city of Terrace, and 52 new permanent jobs in Terrace," he said.

The company is plans to apply for a facility permit from the BC Oil and Gas Commission early next year, with hopes to be up and running in early 2021.

[Top Speed Energy CEO Clark Roberts explains Skeena LNG project to Terrace City Councillor Evan Ramsay -- Dec 14, 2019]

Terrace City Councillor Evan Ramsay said he's optimistic about the project.

"I think Skeena LNG is going to be a great partner for the city, there's going to be tax revenues that will be produces for many of the residents as well as businesses in town, and they're going to be our first partner in the industrial park," he said.

However, some area residents and environment groups have expressed concerns, and have called on the city to conduct a risk analysis of trucking LNG through Terrace.

Last week, Anne Hill, of the North West Watch Society, made a presentation to Terrace City Council, asking it to ensure that  "all property owners and renters along the proposed truck route be notified of the proposal; we ask that the city of Terrace perform a risk analysis of the trucking of LNG through Terrace, develop a risk mitigation plan, develop a bylaw regulating the transportation of dangerous goods on city streets and prepare to fight an LNG fire."

[Reported by Hillary Johnson]

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