The Kitimat LNG project is a joint venture between Chevron Canada and Woodside Energy International Limited. The proposed plan would transport natural gas via the company’s own Pacific Trail Pipeline to the project site on Bish Cove.

The Bish Cove site has been leased by the company from the Haisla First Nation since 2010.

Kitimat LNG has an approved export permit to export up to 10 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) over 20 years. The company estimates it will require 3,000 to 5,000 jobs for its construction, and 100-200 permanent jobs for operation.

The companies have not yet issued a final investment decision on whether they will proceed with the project to construction.

KITIMAT LNG website:


Haisla territory is close to deep natural gas supplies in northern BC and Alberta, and is also a day or two less sailing time to markets in China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian nations.

This makes the Douglas Channel the optimum location for Canadian gas suppliers wanting to provide liquified natural gas (LNG) to these important and growing Asian markets.

Work began in 2011 on the Kitimat LNG plant and terminal owned by Apache Resources Canada and EOG Resources Canada. It is being built on Haisla reserve land at Bish Cove, about 10 kms from Kitamaat Village on the west side of Douglas Channel.

Kitimat LNG received its export permit from the National Energy Board in October, 2011.

The plant represents a capital investment of about $4 billion, with a final investment decision due in the first half of 2012.

Gas will be brought to the site from the Spectra transmission system at Summit Lake, B.C., about 463 kms from Bish Cove, on the Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP), a joint venture of Apache Canada, EOG Resources Canada, and Encana. PTP should be feeding 1,000 MMcf/d of natural gas to the operating KM LNG plant in 2015.

The proposed project consists of a looping of the existing PNG pipeline between Kitimat and Summit Lake (near Prince George) to increase capacity and operate a bi-directional pipeline system. This project is directly tied to the proposed Kitimat LNG terminal.

Pacific Trail Pipelines, a 50/50 partnership between Galveston LNG Inc. and Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (PNG), is developing the natural gas transmission pipeline system from Summit Lake to Kitimat, British Columbia to serve Kitimat LNG Inc.’s export terminal near Kitimat, B.C. 

Kitimat LNG Terminal is the only proposed LNG export terminal on the west coast of North America.

One of the Terminal’s competitive advantages is the ability to access the world-class natural gas supplies in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. The close proximity to the large Asian LNG markets gives the Kitimat LNG Terminal a competitive advantage over liquefaction terminals in the Atlantic basin. 

Pacific Trail Pipelines, a $1-billion, 463-kilometre pipeline, will provide the Terminal with a direct connection to the Spectra Energy Transmission pipeline system and excellent access to natural gas supplies in British Columbia and Alberta.

Read more about the Pacific Trail Pipeline here.


LNG Canada is an LNG proposal for Kitimat on the site of the former Methanex plant.

The project is a joint-venture between Shell, KOGAS, Mitsubishi and PetroChina.

The proposal, the largest LNG venture for the Kitimat area, has lined up a number of permits so far, including an Environmental Assessment certificate, a 40-year export licence, and most recently a TERMPOL marine plan review.

The company has initiated an early works program at their site, but have yet to issue a final investment decision on moving forward into a full construction phase.

At peak construction LNG Canada estimates a need of between 4,500 and 7,500 workers.

LNG Canada website:


Rio Tinto has recently concluded the major construction phase of their $4.8 billion smelter modernization in Kitimat.

The project was formally announced at the end of 2011, and in 2015 the company celebrated their first aluminum pour with their updated technology. That celebration event included speeches from community stakeholders, including Haisla Deputy Chief Councillor Taylor Cross.

Now Rio Tinto is working on bringing 100 per cent of their pots online to get the operation to what is called steady state.


A collective effort by all First Nations affected by the Pacific Trails Pipeline to work together to address the many consultation and accommodation issues surrounding this large project. The Haisla team has been instrumental in spearheading this effort, which has almost all First Nations on board.


Proposed Independent Power Project (IPP) at Europa Creek, with significant Haisla ownership.


Sandhills materials Inc proposes to build a sand and gravel export facility near the Alcan smelter.


Agreement with Ministry of Forests that gives the Haisla an annual allowable cut. Up for renewal.


Funding has been received to help us develop a comprehensive marine use strategy.


A wide variety of potential opportunities are available.


A gas and diesel station that offers band members and status First Nations tax exempt pricing.


Methanex Corp has entered into an agreement to provide terminalling services to Encana; who will import dilutant for use in Alberta.