By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: May 13, 2014
Woodfibre LNG announced today its proposed liquefaction project will run off electric power, a decision its officials say was guided by feedback from the community.
The decision will make the operation the greenest LNG operation in the province, the company claims.
“By choosing electricity, Woodfibre LNG will be among the greenest LNG facilities in the province if not the world.” Giraud
The vice-president of corporate affairs at Woodfibre LNG, Byng Giraud, said when the company sought input from the community, air quality emerged as a top concern.
“That was the number one thing people told us about,” he said, addressing a select group of locals at the Executive Inn hotel.
Choosing electric over gas means emissions would be lowered by 80 per cent, and nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide emissions by around 95 per cent, he said.
“In comparison with using gas turbines for the main refrigerant compressors, selection of electric drive would reduce GHG by approximately 80 per cent.”
My Sea to Sky, an anti-LNG group, called the decision a ‘deceitful carrot’.
A member of the My Sea to Sky, Eoin Finn said BC residents will pay more for their hydro in order to subsidize LNG business.
While admitting that hydro is a cleaner option, Finn said the decision ultimately means BC Hydro will reach into the consumer’s pocket to make up for lost revenue.
“It will require a new dam to power just one LNG processing plant. For instance, the proposed Site C dam would cost BC taxpayers eight to ten billion dollars,” Finn said.
Giraud, meanwhile, said the company knows of few LNG projects that are using electricity.
“By choosing electricity, Woodfibre LNG will be among the greenest LNG facilities in the province if not the world,” he claimed.
The company is doing baseline environmental studies and is planning more community consultation sessions.