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Woodfibre LNG Limited is proposing to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and export facility at the former Woodfibre Pulp and Paper Mill near Squamish.
The Woodfibre LNG Project comprises construction and operation of a gas processing and liquefaction facility to produce approximately 2.1 million metric tonnes per annum of LNG, associated storage capacity of 250,000m3, and export infrastructure.
The Woodfibre LNG Project will be powered by electricity from BC Hydro. By powering the plant with electricity, the Project will generate approximately 80% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than if it was powered by natural gas.
The majority of the Woodfibre LNG air emissions will come from the elements removed from the natural gas prior to
liquefaction (because they would freeze during the process), which are subsequently incinerated.
At peak capacity, the Project will have a greenhouse gas intensity of 0.059 t CO2e per tonne LNG, which is well below the threshold of 0.16 t CO2e per tonne LNG in the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act.
Some of the compounds that are expected to be emitted from the project are: combustion gases, including nitrogen oxides (NOx) expressed as NO2, sulphur dioxide (SO2), and carbon monoxide (CO) ; and particulate matter, including total suspended particulate; particles that are smaller than 10 microns (0.01 mm) in diameter (referred to PM10, or inhalable particulate matter); and particles that are smaller than 2.5 microns (0.0025 mm) in diameter (referred to as PM2.5, or respirable particulate matter).
These compounds were assessed against the regulatory requirements (both BC and federal ambient air quality objectives), as well as against relevant air quality indicators and targets specified in the Sea-to-Sky Air Quality Management Plan. The assessment concluded that the changes to air quality as a result of the Project are below ambient air quality criteria for all the indicator compounds listed above, and the residual effects are considered negligible or not significant.
To learn more, please see our Air Quality Information Sheet.