Connection to Asia
Kitimat provides distinct advantages to the growing Asian markets that include geopolitical benefits such as a transparent and comprehensive regulatory regime, stable government and a provincial government with a strong Asia-Pacific focus. In addition, British Columbia has earned a reputation as a long-time reliable exporter of commodities, including natural gas.
The proposed LNG facilities in the Douglas Channel will have access to the vast reserves of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin through the Pacific Trail Pipelines, which will be connected to Spectra Energy’s Westcoast Pipeline system and ties into the North American pipeline grid. Kitimat on the Pacific Northwest coast of Canada represents the shortest shipping route to Pacific Basin LNG markets compared to other international energy markets. The average laden voyage to Asia is approximately 11 days. This provides an opportunity for Asian utility companies to diversify their portfolio through exposure to one of the largest natural gas supplies in the world.