Hawaii’s governor is no fan of importing B.C. liquefied natural gas Print
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Posted by Joan Russow
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 22:11

By Kent Spencer, The Province August 26, 2015 3:21 PM)


Hawaiis governor is no fan of importing B.C. liquefied natural gas

FortisBC is expanding its Tilbury Island LNG facility as the company moves to increase LNG exports.


The Governor of Hawaii has thrown cold water on plans to import LNG from B.C.

On Monday, David Ige told a conference in Honolulu that he does not support LNG because it is a fossil fuel that would need to be imported. Ige’s stand is that Hawaii needs to be self sufficient for power.

FortisBC has struck a conditional agreement with Hawaii Electric to deliver 700,000 tonnes of LNG per year for 15 years starting in 2019.

The plan would lead to the further expansion of FortisBC’s Delta LNG plant and to LNG tankers plying the lower Fraser River.

“I have reached the conclusion that Hawaii does not need LNG in its future,” Ige was quoted by Pacific Business News. “It’s time to focus our efforts on renewables. We will oppose the building of LNG facilities.”

However, the governor’s views are not necessarily the final word on LNG in the 50th state.

Hawaii Electric spokesman Darren Pai told The Province that LNG is still needed to bridge the gap until renewables can be developed.

“As we add more renewables like solar and wind, LNG can provide a cost-effective, cleaner alternative to oil,” he said in an email.

A guaranteed customer such as Hawaii is necessary for FortisBC’s $400-million second-stage expansion to take place at its Tilbury Island facility in Delta. Fortis’ first-stage $450-million expansion is already underway.

The company says the new liquefaction and storage facilities will serve LNG-capable B.C. Ferries and supply remote communities in B.C., Alaska and northern Canada.

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