Kitimat LNG Interconnection Study

What's new

Thanks to those who participated in the online webinar session on February 3, 2021. We have compiled a summary [PDF, 4.3 MB] from the online webinar session. If you have questions and comments please email us.

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. Like other interconnection requests, Kitimat LNG is funding BC Hydro's work on this stage of the interconnection process. We're currently working with the proponent to determine our next steps on this study.

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.

Reports and documents

Contact

projects@bchydro.com
604 623 4472
Toll free: 1 866 647 3334

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