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Environmental review of Pacific NorthWest LNG project continues

Pacific NorthWest LNG

The Canadian government will announce its final decision on the Pacific NorthWest LNG project by the end of September.  

Pacific NorthWest LNG project led by Petronas

VANCOUVER, June 27 (Reuters) – The environmental review of a the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in western Canada has resumed, starting the clock on a final three-month extension granted by the federal government, Canada’s environmental regulator said on Monday.

Petronas and its partners have been waiting about three years for a permit to build the Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal in northern British Columbia. The review process was last paused in March when the regulator requested more information from the company.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency posted the company’s 271-page response online on Monday, saying it “satisfies the information request.” The agency now has three months to complete its review.

Canada’s ruling Liberals have separately committed to announcing their final decision on the project by the end of September, eliminating any further delays.

Long considered a front-runner in the race to build Canada’s first LNG export project, the consortium behind Pacific NorthWest pledged last June to start construction as soon as it was approved by regulators, eyeing the end of 2015.

A year later, the environmental review is still underway and LNG prices have plunged, hurting the economics of the $35 billion project. In April, the then-head of Pacific NorthWest LNG said the company hoped to have a final investment decision by late summer or early fall.

(Reporting by Julie Gordon in Vancouver and David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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