B.C. announces rebates, conditions for liquefied natural gas projects
Published Thursday, March 22, 2018 11:22AM PDT Last Updated Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:59PM PDT
VICTORIA - British Columbia is offering new conditions and rebates for liquefied natural gas projects in the province.
Premier John Horgan made the announcement Thursday ahead of a final investment decision on LNG Canada's $40-billion project, which would include a natural gas pipeline built from northeast B.C. to a new terminal in Kitimat.
“Potential opportunity is extraordinary. Potential risks are significant,” Horgan said. “I believe LNG Canada is working diligently to address those risks and I believe it's the responsibility of the government to make sure we're working to develop those opportunities for all British Columbians.”
Under the new fiscal agreement, LNG projects will see relief from provincial sales taxes, subject to repayment in the form of an equivalent operational payment.
They wlll be subject to new greenhouse gas emission standards and general industrial electricity rates consistent with other industrial users in B.C.
Horgan said the province will review LNG projects using four conditions. All LNG projects should guarantee a fair return for B.C.'s natural resources, guarantee jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians, respect and partner with First Nations, and meet the province's climate commitments, he said.
- Read the government release on the framework
In January, Green party Leader Andrew Weaver threatened to bring down the minority NDP government if it continued to pursue what he described as the “LNG folly,” saying the province couldn't meet its greenhouse gas emission targets if it pursues the LNG industry.
In the past year, companies have pulled the plug on three LNG projects proposed in B.C., including the $36-billion Pacific Northwest LNG pipeline project.
LNG Canada, which includes partners Shell, PetroChina, Korea Gas and Mitsubishi, said in 2016 that its final investment decision for the Kitimat facility would be delayed because of poor global markets.
Those markets are turning around, says Shell's 2018 LNG outlook. It found the market has defied expectations, growing by 29 million tonnes in 2017.
“Based on current demand projections, Shell sees potential for a supply shortage developing in the mid-2020s, unless new LNG production project commitments are made soon.
LNG development was a centrepiece of the B.C. Liberal party's 2017 election campaign.
Province announces new framework for LNG; includes carbon tax rebate for projects meeting “cleanest in the world” benchmark, elimination of LNG income tax. Also, aggressive electrification being pursued to lower GHGs. LNG CANADA decision expected by the end of this year. pic.twitter.com/zY0l9bnV6F— CTV Bhinder Sajan (@BhinderSajan) March 22, 2018
Premier John Horgan on Andrew Weaver: says Green leader will have more to say, and says they’ve talked about achieving climate goals. Doesn’t appear overly worried and points out go-ahead on major LNG project is far from a done deal— CTV Bhinder Sajan (@BhinderSajan) March 22, 2018
Green Caucus' letter to LNG Canada says they don't support the rebate on the carbon tax for the LNG industry for meeting global green technology benchmarks; and says that move puts climate goals in NDP-Green agreement at risk, and also their confidence in government— CTV Bhinder Sajan (@BhinderSajan) March 22, 2018