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Pembina (PBA) Receives Environment Clearance for LNG Project

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Pembina Pipeline Corporation (PBA - Free Report) recently announced that the British Columbia (BC) government has granted environmental certification for its $2.4 billion Cedar liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. Cedar received its first license from the province's energy regulator for approximately 8.5 kilometer pipeline that will connect the project to the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

According to Pembina Pipeline, the project entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ARC Resources Ltd., oil and gas producer, for 20 years of liquefaction services. They are currently working toward finalizing a supply agreement for 1.5 million tons of LNG per annum (MTPA).

Cedar LNG is a collaboration between indigenous group Haisla Nation and Pembina Pipeline to build a floating LNG facility in Kitimat, British Columbia. It will have the capacity to export 3 MTPA of LNG.

The majority of Cedar LNG Partners' shares is owned by Haisla Nation.

George Heyman, the minister of environment and climate change strategy for the province of British Columbia, stated that the decision was carefully made after considering all environmental impacts and 16 legally binding conditions that Cedar must abide by throughout the project's duration. This would be in addition to other oil and gas emission control regulations that the government is developing.

According to Terry Anderson, president and chief executive officer of ARC Resources, the deal marks a significant step in delivering low-cost, low-emission natural gas to significant demand markets. It also increases ARC's exposure to LNG-linked natural gas prices.

The floating LNG (FLNG) project is anticipated to have an export capacity of 3 million tons per annum and is planned to be built on the territory held by Haisla Nation near Kitimat.

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