Kitimat LNG Interconnection Study
In May 2021, Woodside announced its decision to exit its 50% non-operated participating interest in the proposed Kitimat LNG (KLNG) development. This is in addition to Chevron Canada’s decision to cease funding further feasibility work in March 2021.
Kitimat LNG Woodside has since formally requested that BC Hydro stop work on the project, including the study on the proposed transmission line from Terrace to Kitimat and the proposed substation in Kitimat. While it's possible that future load may require this project again, we would engage with you should the study be reinitiated.
Why we're doing it
Liquefied natural gas is an important economic development opportunity for British Columbia. Electrifying LNG will help meet the CleanBC objective of greenhouse gas reductions and we're actively working to meet the electricity needs of proposed LNG facilities.
The Kitimat LNG Project, a joint-venture between Chevron Canada Limited and Woodside Energy International (Canada) Limited, is proposing an LNG Plant at Bish Cove. The proposal uses an all-electric plant powered by clean, renewable hydroelectricity from BC Hydro.
We're in the study phase of this interconnection to identify the best way to provide power to Kitimat LNG project.
What we're studying
To meet the needs of this proposed facility, we're looking to connect the Skeena substation in Terrace to a new proposed substation near Kitimat with a 287-kilovolt transmission line.
This interconnection study includes:
- A new substation near existing Minette Substation in Kitimat;
- A 287 kilovolt line from Skeena Substation in Terrace to the new substation in Kitimat;
- A 287 kilovolt line connecting the new substation to the existing Minette Substation; and,
- A 287 kilovolt line from the new substation to Rio Tinto Alcan.
For more information, please see the Project Map [PDF, 553 KB].
One option we're studying is reviving the previously cancelled Terrace to Kitimat Transmission Project (TKTP), which involves building a new 287 kilovolt line on the west side of the Kitimat Valley. With this option, the existing line on the east side of the valley will remain.
We'll prepare an estimate for our proposed interconnection facilities to inform Kitimat LNG's final investment decision.
- Survey results report – August 2020 [PDF, 285 KB]
- Online Webinar Presentation - February 2021 [PDF, 695 KB]
- Online Webinar Summary - April 2021 [PDF, 4.3 MB]
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