The Tsawwassen First Nation is considering building a terminal south of Vancouver to export liquefied natural gas.
The proposal is calling for five or six tankers a month to load up at Roberts Bank, with the natural gas coming through an existing pipeline about 10 kilometres away.
At a separate event Monday, Premier Christy Clark told reporters TFN members are set to vote on the plan Dec. 16.
“Global demand for LNG is growing all around the world, especially in Asia, and I know that global prices are now low, but we have an incredible opportunity in front of us.”
Clark says an LNG plant could have huge economic benefits and provide long-term employment.
Chief Bryce Williams says the project could create up to 1000 construction jobs with a further 100 permanent jobs once the terminal is in operation.
“In addition to economic benefits, we have an oportunity to increase capacity and our members to retain long term employment. One of these things we’re most pleased with is our partners’ commitment to ensuring best practices in first nations and environmental responsibilities up and down the supply chain.”
The First Nation is projecting a possible start-up date of 2022, though an official timeline remains unclear.
The project would still require environmental assessments, permits, and key investment decisions.
The proposed Roberts Bank facility would handle three-to-five million tonnes of LNG per year on a 32 hectare site of TFN land.