Woodfibre LNG is proud to have Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) as both a project partner and an environmental regulator.
On October 14, 2015, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Council voted to approve an Environmental Assessment Agreement for the proposed Woodfibre LNG project, and issued an Environmental Certificate to Woodfibre LNG.
Making the Switch from Seawater Cooling to Air Cooling
One of the conditions in our Environmental Assessment Certificate requires that the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw be given authority to select the appropriate cooling method for the Woodfibre LNG project.
Seawater cooling was originally proposed by Woodfibre LNG as the cooling method for the project. Concerns were raised during the environmental assessment process about the potential impact that this might have on marine life and habitat in Howe Sound.
The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw conducted an independent review of three cooling techniques: seawater cooling, air cooling, and air cooling with freshwater spray. Air cooling became the method selected by the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Council in October of 2016. Woodfibre LNG has fully incorporated this decision into the project proposal and the design of the facility.