On July 8th Steelhead LNG Corp. and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (HFN) proudly announced an Opportunity Development Agreement that will see both parties work together to explore developing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project on HFN-owned land at Sarita Bay, approximately 10 km north of Anacla at the southern end of Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island.
The project represents a unique approach and working relationship between a BC-based energy company and a First Nation that will see both parties work together as equal and active partners from the earliest stage of the proposed project. Below is information about the partnership and the proposed project. The news release that accompanied our announcement in Port Alberni on July 8th is available here.
In the months ahead, we will build an additional website dedicated to this proposed project. The website will provide more information about the project, project partners, and a wide range of issues related to the LNG industry. The website will also be used to: collect feedback; provide the public, stakeholders and Huu-ay-aht citizens with opportunities to ask questions on any issue; and provide information about upcoming community engagement activities and events.   
We look forward to addressing the questions and concerns of the public, neighbouring First Nations, and especially Huu-ay-aht citizens.


  • A pipeline would deliver natural gas from northern BC to Huu-ay-aht territory to a land-based liquefaction facility at Sarita Bay.
  • The facility at Sarita Bay would treat, liquefy and store the natural gas as a liquid (LNG) ready to be loaded onto LNG carriers for export.
  • LNG carriers would ship the LNG from Sarita Bay to customers around the world, primarily in Asia.
  • The LNG facility would be expected to operate for at least the next 25 years.
  • On July 8, Steelhead LNG applied to the National Energy Board for a license to export up to 30 million tonnes of LNG per year for 25 years. (The development of the Sarita Bay site would be split into four 6 mtpa (million tonnes per annum) LNG production trains, which is reflected in the application. Steelhead LNG is currently working with pipeline companies to explore infrastructure options to deliver the gas from northern British Columbia to western Vancouver Island, and options for an additional 6 mtpa LNG export facility along a pipeline route.)
  • The project could ultimately represent an investment of US$30 billion and create hundreds of direct jobs from design through construction, and hundreds of additional full-time operational jobs should the project go ahead.
  • The project is being overseen by a joint Steelhead LNG/ Huu-ay-aht First Nations Project Development Panel (PDP).

Proposed LNG facility site at Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island


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Huu-ay-aht First Nations
Port Alberni Government Office
3483 Third Avenue
Port Alberni, BC  V9Y 4E4
Phone: 250-723-0100
Fax: 250-723-4646
Steelhead LNG
650-669 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC  V6C 0B4
Phone: 604-235-3800

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