Chevron plans hydropower-driven LNG plant to minimize CO2 emissions
Category: #energy-and-environment  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2019-07-16
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Chevron plans hydropower-driven LNG plant to minimize CO2 emissions

Chevron Corp. is reportedly in talks to seek approval for the modification of its LNG export facility on the Pacific Coast of Canada into an all-electric project.

Evidently Chevron, along with its partner Woodside Petroleum Ltd., had announced they had filed an application for expanding their Kitimat, British Columbia-based LNG project capacity by about 80% to 18 million metric tons per year. Chevron has claimed that the plant will result in the lowest carbon emission per ton of LNG as compared to any other large project globally.

According to a letter filed by Chevron to the provincial environmental assessment office on July 8, 2019, the move had sparked a new federal screening of the project, that was anticipated to begin shortly.

The letter further stated that on account of the latest approvals, the project will become a hydroelectricity-driven all electric facility, expanding its capacity while also minimizing the emissions, unlike a conventional LNG plant.

According to its revised project description, Kitimat LNG will use electric motors to drive about 700 megawatts to control liquefaction, pumps, fans and utility compressors using hydropower bought from the provincial utility.

The plant will supposedly have diesel power generators onsite as backup for emergencies. Chevron and Woodside are expected to make a final decision on the investment in 2022-2023 with plant operation commencing in 2029.

For the record, Kitimat LNG project is a 50-50 joint venture between Chevron and Woodside that consists of upstream resource assets in the Liard and Horn river basins in northeast region of British Columbia, a natural gas liquefaction plant near Kitimat, and a 471 km long Pacific Trail Pipe (PTP).

The facility includes a total of three LNG trains totaling 18 million tons per annum, and is an all-electric facility powered by renewable, clean hydroelectricity supplied by BC Hydro.

 

References:

https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/chevron-aims-for-lowest-emission-lng-plant-in-world-with-new-electric-plan

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