Why LNG?

Canadians are faced with two incredible and daunting tasks: economic recovery post COVID-19 and the necessity of transitioning to clean energy.  

We can realize both through a Canadian liquefied natural gas industry. 

Cooling natural gas to -161 degrees Celsius turns it into a liquid. Liquified natural gas (LNG) takes up a fraction of the space than it does as a gas which allows it to be exported overseas to countries that are looking to switch from coal power to lower-carbon natural gas.   

LNG adds value to our natural gas: creating trades training, employment and business opportunities for Canadians as liquefaction facilities and natural gas supply lines are built, operated and pay tax revenues to all three levels of government which help pay for our healthcare, education, transportation, public safety services and more.  

The $40 billion LNG Canada project under construction in Kitimat, B.C. is the largest private infrastructure investment in Canada’s history. Other proposed LNG projects are looking to add value to Canada’s natural gas as well.  

Powered in part or entirely by hydro-electric power, these projects will produce LNG with the lowest emissions anywhere in the world35-percent lower than the best-performing LNG projects and up to 60-percent lower than the overall global average. 

While the projects are located in British Columbia, tradespeople, materials and supplies will be sourced from across Canada.

The Conference Board of Canada estimates an LNG industry in Canada (just three LNG projects) would grow Canada’s economy by an average of $7.4 billion every year for the next 30 years. The increased economic activity would raise national employment by an annual average of 65,000 jobs. Not to mention maintaining the thousands of jobs in Canada’s existing natural gas industry.  

The LNG industry is also working towards economic reconciliation with First Nations 

Unprecedented agreements are in place between First Nations bands and Canadian LNGA members, such as the Squamish Nation-led environmental assessment process for the proposed Woodfibre LNG project, lease agreements with the Haisla Nation and long term benefit agreements that include trades and training opportunities with all of the elected First Nations bands along the proposed Coastal GasLink and Pacific Trail Pipeline natural gas pipelines that will deliver natural gas to the LNG Canada and Kitimat LNG projects.  

Far from locking Canada into a future reliant on fossil fuels, LNG provides the critical necessary infrastructure to embark on the path to a clean energy transition: first, to net-zero emission LNG, followed by the transition to zero-emission hydrogen. This will enable Canada to transition to a hydrogen economy, and allow Canada to export natural gas or hydrogen, to other countries looking to use hydrogen to achieve their low-carbon future.  

The opportunity is before us, Canada’s LNG industry can lead the way in economic recovery and the transition to our low-carbon future. Now is the time to realize this opportunity through an abundant resource we already produce safely, and responsibly.