Huu-ay-aht First Nations to hold referendum vote on the proposed Sarita LNG Project

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations is engaging with Huu-ay-aht citizens on Steelhead LNG’s proposed Sarita LNG Project and will hold a referendum vote on March 25, 2017. The Sarita LNG Project is a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility located on Huu-ay-aht First Nations-owned lands at Sarita Bay, about 10 kilometres north of Bamfield, and roughly 70 kilometres southwest of Port Alberni. The facility concept is in the preliminary engineering and conceptual design stage.

“This engagement represents a positive step forward for our proposed Sarita LNG Project and is informed by extensive discussions with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations,” said Nigel Kuzemko, CEO of Steelhead LNG. “We respect Huu-ay-aht’s referendum process and value the opportunity to continue to explore this LNG opportunity with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations.”

The National Energy Board has granted Steelhead LNG four export licenses to export up to 24 million tonnes per annum of liquefied natural gas for 25 years from the Sarita LNG site.

In November 2014, Huu-ay-aht citizens voted in favour of continuing to explore the proposed Sarita LNG project with Steelhead LNG. Since that time, Steelhead LNG and the Huu-ay-aht have worked together to develop the proposal in response to Huu-ay-aht concerns.

Steelhead LNG is developing two proposed LNG export projects on Vancouver Island. The company is also working with the Malahat Nation on the proposed Malahat LNG Project, which would be located on the Bamberton Industrial Lands about seven kilometres south of Mill Bay, B.C.

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