Rockyview Resources Inc. (Rockyview), an oil and gas exploration company based out of Calgary, Alberta, is investigating options to build and operate natural gas liquefaction, storage and on-loading facilities, called Discovery LNG, on the north side of Campbell River, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada. The potential Project will undergo a feasibility study and once complete, and upon regulatory approval, Rockyview would construct a facility that would convert produced natural gas primarily from British Columbia into LNG for export to Pacific Rim markets in Asia. Discovery LNG is expected to provide the facilities for liquefying natural gas, LNG storage and carrier on-loading facilities and would be operated by a downstream partnership between Rockyview and potentially a third party (to be finalized).
Discovery LNG would provide a brand new page in the history of the Campbell River project site, formerly occupied by Catalyst Paper. The potential multi-billion dollar project would be an important contributor to the local economy and would be built on an industrial site, previously used by the Elk Falls Mill, which would be re-mediated over the life of the project.
Discovery LNG would be designed, built and operated with responsibility and safety as primary concerns. Natural gas itself is very safe and is not flammable or explosive in its liquid state. It is also the lowest greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuel.
What would Discovery LNG do?
Processed natural gas would arrive at Discovery LNG through a yet to-be determined transmission method from Rockyview’s sites in the Horn River Basin in Northeastern B.C. Once arrived at Discovery LNG, the gas would be converted from a gaseous form to a liquid form through refrigeration to allow for efficient offshore transportation. In liquid form, the gas would travel by highly advanced, specially designed LNG carriers to LNG receiving terminals in Asia.
Discovery LNG would undergo a comprehensive environmental assessment and impact studies to ensure the project has no significant effect on the environment. On June 30, 2015, the prior owner received National Energy Board approval to export liquefied natural gas from the Discovery LNG site.