Major Projects

Northwest BC is booming, with many major projects proposed – several LNG pipelines and facilities, and some oil pipelines and facilities. 

Many of these projects are proposed to pass in and near Kitselas Traditional Territory and Marine Harvest Areas. They have the potential to impact Kitselas in many ways – bringing potentially both positive and negative changes to our people, land, culture, and economy. 

All of these projects are at different stages. See the list of proposed projects below and click on the project name for more info.

Project Proponent: Shell Canada, PetroChina Company, Korea Gas Corp, and Mitsubishi Corp.

Build Date: 2017

Proposed Location: Kitimat

BC EAO/ CEAA: Filed a project description with CEAA and BC EAO in April 2013. LNG Canada identified a number of environmental and social studies needed to assess the potential effects of their project including socio-economic heritage effects and First Nations interests.

Notes: TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline is the gas supplier for this facility. 

The LNG Canada team has been engaging with Kitselas First Nation. 

During a community meeting they recognized the project has potential impacts to Kitselas marine values along the coast.  

Kitselas has been actively involved by attending field work programs, public open houses and keeping informed on the project with the on going activities.

This project includes a facility (Kitimat LNG) and a pipeline (Pacific Trails Pipeline). 

Project Proponents: Chevron Canada and Woodside Energy Ltd.

Build Date: Started clearing right of way in summer of 2012

Proposed locations : Summit Lake to Bish Cove in Kitimat 

CEAA: Complete. Have until mid-2018 to begin construction.

Notes: The Pacific Trail Pipeline is the gas supplier for this facility.

Kitselas and other First Nations support this project in exchange for benefits through the First Nations Limited Partnership Agreement (FNLP).  The benefit agreement is between the proponents and 15 First Nations – Kitselas being 1 of them – whose territories are located along the proposed route of the Pacific Trail Pipeline from Summit Lake to Kitimat. 

The Pacific Trail Pipeline is the Pacific Trail Pipeline Aboriginal Skills and Employment Program (PTP ASEP) provides direct access to employment training and jobs

Project Proponent: TransCanada Corp.

Build Date: 2017

Location: Pipeline will extend approximately 650-kilometre pipeline from the Dawson Creek area to near Kitimat.

BC EAO: Complete. 32 conditions imposed.

Notes: The pipeline will transport natural gas to the proposed LNG Canada facility near Kitimat.

Coastal Gas Link and Kitselas representatives have been conducting land use studies and field program studies through the proposed route in Kitselas territory. 

Kitselas has been actively involved by attending working group meetings and monthly meetings directly with Coastal Gas Link representatives. 

This project includes a facility (Kitimat LNG) and a pipeline (Pacific Trails Pipeline).

Proponent Name: Chevron Canada and Woodside Energy Ltd.

Build Date: Started clearing right of way in the summer of 2012.

Location: Summit Lake to Bish Cove in Kitimat

BCEAO/CEAA: Complete. Have until mid-2018 to begin construction.

Notes: The pipeline will transport natural gas to the proposed Kitimat LNG facility.

Kitselas and other First Nations support this project in exchange for benefits through the First Nations Limited Partnership Agreement (FNLP).  The benefit agreement is between the proponents and 15 First Nations – Kitselas being 1 of them – whose territories are located along the proposed route of the Pacific Trail Pipeline from Summit Lake to Kitimat. 

The Pacific Trail Pipeline is the Pacific Trail Pipeline Aboriginal Skills and Employment Program (PTP ASEP) provides direct access to employment training and jobs.

Project Name: Pacific Northern Gas Looping Project

Project Proponent: Pacific Northern Gas

Build Date: Late 2016

Location: Intended to generally parallel the existing PNG pipeline between Summit Lake and Telkwa, as well as between the Lakelse Lake area and Kitimat

BCEAO/CEAA: Planned to submit BC EAO application in fall of 2014.

Notes: The route for the project is currently a preliminary corridor that will be refined through continued technical, environmental and constructability assessments, as well as consideration of input from Aboriginal groups, landowners and other stakeholders. Initial studies are just beginning and will continue through 2015.

PNG Looping held a community meeting in Kitselas in September 2014.

Project Name: Northern Gateway Project

Project Proponent: Enbridge

Build Date: 2013 -2016

Location: From Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia

BCEAO/CEAA: Complete. National Energy Board imposed 209 conditions and 5 provincial conditions that must be met before the project can move forward.

Notes: Enbridge will work closely with Kitselas regarding the 209 federal conditions, 5 provincial conditions, environmental assessment applications, traditional use studies, fish and wildlife studies, impacts management and benefits agreements, cumulative effects, framework proposals and any other reviews and commitments imposed on Enbridge.

Enbridge held a community meeting in Kitselas in November 2014.

Project Proponent: Woodside Energy Ltd.

Build Date: Undecided

Location: Grassy Point, near Prince Rupert

BCEAO/CEAA: May 08, 2014, Archaeological Impact Assessment Application. 

Notes: Woodside Petroleum Ltd. is actively engaged with Kitselas First Nations through meetings and communications.

Project Name: Pacific Northwest LNG 

Project Proponent: Progress Energy, PETRONAS, and Japan Petroleum Exploration Company.

Build Date: 2018

Location: Lelu Island near Prince Rupert

BC EAO/CEAA: The project is under review from CEAA. BCEAO is complete. 8 conditions imposed. 

Notes: Kitselas will continue working with the proponent to meet their conditions.

Kitselas has signed a term sheet with PNW LNG, meaning we have agreed to support this project in exchange for benefits. The next step is an Impact Management Benefit Agreement (IMBA).

Gas will be exported to Pacific Rim markets in Asia. The facility will liquefy and export natural gas produced by Progress Energy Canada Ltd. in Northeast BC.

Project Proponent: BG Group 

Location: The project site covers approximately 255 acres on the southwestern part of Ridley Island near Prince Rupert. 

BCEAO/CEAA: In progress. BG Group has committed to keeping Kitselas well informed throughout the environmental assessment process. 

Notes: The West Coast Gas Transmission pipeline is the gas supplier for this facility. 

BG Group has put off the final investment decision for 10 years pending oil prices.

Project Name: WCC LNG Ltd.  

Project Proponent: ExxonMobil 

Build Date Completion: 2021-2023

Location: Tuck inlet near Prince Rupert

BCEAO/CEAA: Project has filed a project description with BCEAO. 

Notes: WCC LNG Ltd. is actively engaging with Kitselas First Nations through meetings, seminars and other communications.

Project Name: Aurora LNG

Project Proponent: Nexen Energy ULC, INPEX Corp. and JGC Corp.

Build Date: 2020-2025

Location: Digby Island

BCEAO: Project has filed a project description.

Project Proponent: TransCanada Corp.

Build Date: 2019

Location: The pipeline will traverse British Columbia from a point near Hudson’s Hope to a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert. 

The LNG facility will be constructed and operated by Pacific NorthWest LNG (facility). 

BC EAO/CEAA: BC EAO complete. 45 conditions imposed. 

Notes: Kitselas has been actively engaged with the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission in attending working group meetings and general discussions on the proposed project.

Project Proponent: Spectra Energy

Build Date: 2017-2020

Location: Cypress in Northwest BC, travelling 872 kilometers to Ridley Island near Prince Rupert 

BC EAO: Complete. 43 conditions imposed.

Notes: Kitselas has been actively engaged with Spectra Energy/West Coast Gas Transmission in attending working group meetings and general discussions on the proposed project.

Pipeline will be buried almost the entire route except aerial crossings of certain water courses.