A proposed LNG project in Kitimat has received a key permit from the BC Oil and Gas Commission.
LNG Canada is the first liquefied natural gas project in BC to receive an LNG Facility Permit which focuses primarily on public and environmental safety.
The permit also sets requirements the project must comply with in its design, construction, and operation.
While LNG Canada calls the permit an important step forward, it says the project still has to be proven economically viable and meet several other milestones before a final investment decision is made.
LNG Canada is a joint venture between Shell Canada Energy and affiliates of PetroChina, Korea Gas, and Mitsubishi.
The proposal would see construction of an LNG export facility at the site of the former Methanex plant.
LNG Canada is expected to make a final investment decision on the project this year.