GLOBE AND MAIL – B.C. announces $1.35-million for training LNG workers

BURNABY, B.C. — The Canadian Press
Published Monday, Jul. 28 2014, 8:59 PM EDT
Last updated Monday, Jul. 28 2014, 9:17 PM EDT

There’ll be 272 new seats in trades programs at the B.C. Institute of Technology this September, and the provincial government says they’ll help equip students to work in the proposed liquefied natural gas industry.

Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk said Monday the Burnaby, B.C.-based institution will receive a total of $1.35-million to pay for the new positions and some minor equipment, and there’ll be similar announcements in the coming weeks across the province as the government rolls out its Skills for Jobs Blueprint.

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GLOBAL BC NEWS – Selling natural gas to Asia

Mon, Jul 21: Premier Christy Clark government plans to target Asia as primary buyer of liquified natural gas to avoid price slump in North America. Ted Chernecki reports.

VANCOUVER SUN – Political summit hears B.C. liquefied natural gas cleans air, wipes out debt

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press July 22, 2014 8:50 AM

WHISTLER, B.C. – Premier Christy Clark says British Columbia’s proposed liquefied natural gas industry has the power to fight air pollution in China and clear up smog in Los Angeles.

The premier’s natural gas development minister also boasted to delegates at the same conference on Monday that the LNG industry will clean up the provincial debt.

Clark told the Pacific Northwest Economic Region gathering, where business and government leaders from U.S. states, provinces and territories gathered to address policy issues, that LNG will fight harmful greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, but it may also increase those same emissions in B.C.

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GLOBE AND MAIL – Kern Partners’ new fund backs LNG project

Jeffrey Jones
CALGARY — The Globe and Mail
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Kern Partners, the Calgary-based private equity firm, has started up a new, $750-million energy fund that is partly focused on moving a British Columbia liquefied natural gas project forward as a way to help open up Asian markets for Canadian gas producers.

The new Kern fund, its fourth and largest to date, is aimed primarily at investing in diversified energy exploration and development, employing the same investment philosophy as the previous ones. That involves five-to-nine year investments with companies led by established management groups. But energy infrastructure and technology are also part of the mix, executives said.

Now in the process of raising funds, the firm is is already an investor in Steelhead LNG, a project proposed for Vancouver Island. This month, Steelhead and Huu-ay-aht First Nations signed a deal to co-operate on working toward building a plant at Sarita Bay, at the southern end of Alberni Inlet. It is one of at least 15 LNG projects proposed for Canada’s West Coast.

Financial Post – No free pass: Western Canadians demand more from energy sector, survey shows

Yadullah Hussain | July 17, 2014 | Last Updated: Jul 18 8:49 AM ET
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Many Western Canadians are critical of the energy sector’s environmental performance and actively raise funds for or donate money to environmental causes, but still believe oil and gas development should be expanded, according to a new survey commissioned by Canada West Foundation.

The poll, conducted to understand how Westerners feel about farming, forestry, mining and energy, reveals a knowledgeable community actively engaged with developments in the industry, with a third discussing the issue with families and friends.

The poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid, surveyed about 3,000 Canadians mostly from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (600 were from Ontario).

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