A small container of liquefied natural gas is headed from Vancouver to China, marking the first Canadian export of the super-chilled gas to an Asian country. FortisBC liquefied the natural gas at its Tilbury facility in Delta into an ISO approved continer. The relatively small shipment of 950 gigajoules of gas, roughly 17 tonnes of LNG, is from FortisBC’s Tilbury plant in the Vancouver suburb of Delta. It was marketed and shipped by Vancouver’s True North Energy Corporation and China’s CIMC Enric Holdings Ltd.
The company’s VP of market development, Douglas Stout, described it as a “significant first step for B.C.’s LNG export industry,” which has struggled following multiple multi-billion-dollar project cancellations in recent months. Stout said his company is sensing an opportunity to supply LNG in small batches to Asian countries given some of the major projects cancelled in B.C. in recent months. Malaysia’s state-owned energy company Petronas scrapped advanced plans for a $36-billion LNG export facility near Prince Rupert this year, while CNOOC Ltd.’s Canadian unit Nexen shelved an early-stage plan for an LNG project.