Kitimat Mayor Phil Gormuth (back, second from left), Bill Morneau, federal Minister of Finance, and Haisla Chief Councillor Crystal Smith gathered in Kitimat Monday for the announcement of a $275 million investment in Kitimat and LNG Canada.
The federal government announced Monday it’s investing $220 million in LNG Canada’ Kitimat plant, and will also build a new $55 million bridge to get people there.
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau was in Kitimat on Monday on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
Morneau announced that the federal investment will include $220 million to help fund highly energy-efficient gas turbines for LNG Canada, minimizing both greenhouse gas emissions and fuel use.
The government will also contribute $55 million for the replacement of the Haisla Bridge in the District of Kitimat to support and service existing and increased traffic in the region.
“The Government of Canada is proud to support this historic $40 billion project that will get our resources to new markets, diversify our trade, grow our economy and create middle-class jobs for Canadians, including First Nations and other communities in northern British Columbia,” Morneau said in a press release. “It’s a vote of confidence in Canada’s resource industry and is good news for Canadians right across the country.”
Government funding for the project is through the Strategic Innovation Fund and Western Economic Diversification Canada.
New bridge finally within reach
Kitimat residents have been trying to upgrade the Haisla bridge, built in 1954, for years, as it needs seismic upgrades to meet current standards. Last year Mayor Phil Germuth said a new bridge would be better suited to meet the needs of the LNG Canada facility planned nearby. However, with a projected cost of $50 million, a new bridge seemed too far to reach for local government.
Monday’s announcement will allow Kitimat to build a new bridge capable of handling industrial traffic to and from the LNG Canada site, and which will last for at least 70 years.
Efficient turbines means fewer GHGs
The federal government’s investment in turbines for the LNG Canada facility will allow it to have some of the lowest emissions of any LNG compression facility in the world, “minimizing both greenhouse gas emissions and fuel use,” according to the government news release.
It’s not certain yet which turbines the government will be helping buy, but back in 2014, LNG Canada selected General Electric’s high-efficiency LMS-100-PB model turbines for the plant. The turbines use technology which are five times more efficient at reducing greenhouse gas emissions than conventional gas-fired turbine technology.