GLOBE AND MAIL – B.C. to push for LNG exports during Asian trade missions

VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 9:16PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 9:19PM EDT

Deputy Premier Rich Coleman will meet next week with the chief executive officer of Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas as the B.C. government embarks on two Asian trade missions to spur provincial exports of liquefied natural gas.

Mr. Coleman will speak at the Gastech energy industry conference next Wednesday in Singapore, where he will also discuss B.C. LNG exports in a dinner meeting with Petronas CEO Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin.

Petronas leads the Pacific NorthWest LNG consortium. The other partners are from Japan, China, India and Brunei.

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GLOBE AND MAIL – Japan eager to meet with Trudeau on trade, energy, security

OTTAWA — The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 5:29PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 5:30PM EDT

Japan is eager to talk to Canada about moving forward on some important trade, energy and security projects, so it hopes Justin Trudeau will attend next month’s G20 and APEC summits.

Kenjiro Monji, Japan’s ambassador to Canada, said the two summits would provide a good chance for Trudeau to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a face-to-face sidelines conversation. The G20 and the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summits are talking place in Turkey and the Philippines the same week, starting Nov. 16.

Japan is especially keen to move forward on the Trans-Pacific Partnership — the massive 12-country Pacific Rim trade deal that covers 40 per cent of the global economy, Monji said in an interview Wednesday.

So far, Trudeau has committed to attending only one of the four major international gatherings taking place in the coming weeks — the Paris climate change summit in early December.

“It is important that our leaders meet as soon as possible,” Monji said.

A White House statement on Monday’s telephone call between Trudeau and U.S. President Barck Obama said they discussed “the need to move forward with implementing the high standards” of the TPP.

“I was encouraged to see … in the telephone conversation between Mr. Trudeau and President Obama they agreed in principle on the importance of the TPP,” said Monji.

“I understand that Liberals are traditionally free trade people. So I hope that the new government will approve the TPP.”
Abe also wants to bend Trudeau’s ear on some non-TPP matters, including starting a steady long-term supply of liquefied natural gas from British Columbia’s coast to his country, as well as some potential military co-operation.

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VANCOUVER SUN – Are Canadians ready to start the LNG show?

LNG is centre stage at a conference this week in Vancouver


LNG once again takes centre stage this week as the B.C. government welcomes energy players from around the world to the International LNG in BC Conference. When it comes to LNG, a number of LNG proponents have reached key milestones required for a final investment decision. It got me thinking: what will the world learn about LNG in B.C., and Canada, at this week’s conference?

Despite how it might initially look, there are actually a lot of good stories to be told about LNG in B.C. and Canada.

Firstly, we can meet demand. Canada has one of the largest natural gas resources in the world, which will enhance our current rank as the fifth largest gas producer and as one of the top natural gas exporters in the world. Secondly, our location, in B.C. positions us closer to key international markets like China, Japan, South Korea and other Asian countries; which means we can get our product to market faster and less expensively than others. The U.S., for example, faces a longer route and a transportation bottleneck at the Panama Canal for its Gulf Coast LNG.

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THE GLOBE AND MAIL – Two proposed B.C. LNG projects get nod for export licences

Steelhead LNG says its export licences have been approved – just weeks after the company and a First Nation announced a proposed liquefied natural gas project north of Victoria.

Steelhead says the National Energy Board has approved a 25-year licence for the annual export of up to six million tonnes of LNG from a proposed floating liquefaction and export terminal in Saanich Inlet.

The Vancouver-based company says the board has approved four other 25-year licences to export LNG from a project that is still in the exploration stage with a First Nation southwest of Port Alberni.

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