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Five things to know about the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project in B.C.

Catherine McKenna, centre, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, steps to the microphone to take questions while flanked by Jim Carr, left, Minister of Natural Resources, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Dominic LeBlanc, back right, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, after the federal government announced approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, at the Sea Island Coast Guard Base, in Richmond, B.C., on Tuesday September 27, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
September 28, 2016 - 11:17 AM

OTTAWA - The federal cabinet has conditionally approved the Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas project. Here are five things to know about the proposed development:

The Players:

Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned oil and gas giant, is leading the development. It has a 62 per cent stake in both the LNG processing facility on Lelu Island and the natural gas reserves in northeastern B.C. that would feed into it. Other partners include Sinopec with a 15 per cent stake, JAPEX and the Indian Oil Corp. with 10 per cent each, and PetroleumBRUNEI with three per cent.

The Product:

LNG is produced by cooling natural gas (consisting mostly of methane) to minus 162 degrees Celsius in order to make it a liquid. LNG takes up 1/600th of the space that it takes up in its gaseous state. The export facility would take in up to 3.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day and produce up to 19.2 million tonnes of LNG a year.

The Environmental Impact:

The final federal environmental report estimates that at full capacity, the LNG facility would emit the equivalent of 4.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. That's down from an earlier estimate of 5.2 million tonnes. But the federal government has capped those emissions at 4.3 million tonnes. Upstream emissions, including the production, processing, and transmission of the natural gas, are not subject to the cap and are estimated to add the equivalent of 6.5 million to 8.7 million more tonnes of CO2 emissions.

State of the Industry:

A glut of global LNG projects have led to a drop in prices and prospects for LNG. The Shell-led LNG Canada project, which would have been built near Kitimat, B.C., was indefinitely delayed in July. AltaGas Ltd. also shelved its smaller Douglas Channel LNG project in February.

The Costs:

The entire Pacific NorthWest LNG project is estimated to cost $36 billion. That includes about $11 billion for the export terminal, $6.5 billion in pipelines, the $5.5 billion Petronas spent buying Progress Energy, and the roughly $2 billion a year the consortium would spend on drilling and production of natural gas to get the project fully operational.

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