Bloomberg is reporting that Malaysian petrochemical giant Petronas may be looking at Ridley Island, rather than Lelu Island for its liquefied natural gas shipping facility.
The company is expected to make a final investment decision on its $27 billion Pacific Northwest LNG plant in early 2017. The plan received regulatory approval earlier this year.
According to the report, quoting “two people familiar with negotiations,” the company would continue to build a liquefaction plant on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, but would ship the final product from Ridley Island. This, according to the report, would mean it would not have to build a suspension bridge, which was part of the original plan and which was the focus of much criticism for potentially disturbing eel beds at the mouth of the Skeena River.
It’s a move that may receive support from the area’s MP, New Democrat Nathan Cullen.
“Hundreds of independent scientists have said the project’s site next to Flora Bank could devastate Skeena salmon and that’s simply unacceptable,” said in a year-end press release regarding the plan to locate on Lelu Island.
Cullen restated his commitment to urging the federal government and the proponent to relocate the LNG plant away from Flora Bank, potentially on Ridley Island, where it would be less likely to impact salmon.
Read the Bloomberg article here.