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Triton partnership gets NEB approval for 25-year LNG export licence

CALGARY - The National Energy Board has approved an application by Triton LNG Limited Partnership for a 25-year licence to export liquefied natural gas from a port in British Columbia. Triton, a partnership announced last year between AltaGas LTd. (TSX:ALA) and Idemitsu, will ship the gas from either Kitimat or Prince Rupert. The NEB says a proposed liquefaction terminal will require further regulatory approval before construction can begin.

B.C. First Nations sign liquefied natural gas revenue-sharing agreements

VICTORIA - The British Columbia government has moved to bring First Nations on board its much-anticipated multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas boom. Two north coast First Nations signed revenue-sharing agreements Wednesday with the government related to the development of a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal on their traditional territories near Prince Rupert. It's a deal that could be worth up to $15 million for the Metlakatla and Lax Kw'alaams nations.

Blast at U.S. LNG site casts spotlight on natural gas safety

By Joshua Schneyer, Timothy Gardner and Richard Valdmanis (Reuters) - An unexplained blast this week at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in rural Washington state, which injured workers, forced an evacuation and raised alarm about a potentially large second explosion, could focus attention on the risk of storing massive gas supplies near population centers.

B.C. premier says report makes 15 recommendations to attract LNG workforce

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark has unveiled a skills-training strategy designed to ensure British Columbia has enough skilled workers for liquefied natural gas projects. A report with input from government, labour groups, LNG companies and First Nations makes 15 recommendations to attract a mobile workforce to the sector. It includes recommendations on training, marketing and developing best practices to ensure workers are available to fill LNG jobs. One recommendation says a quarter of the workers should be apprentices.

All clear at Washington state LNG plant after unexplained blast: Williams

By Scott DiSavino (Reuters) - A forced evacuation of the area around Williams Cos Inc's damaged liquefied natural gas facility in rural Washington state has been lifted following an explosion on Monday. What prompted a blast that injured five workers and set off a potentially dangerous leak in a massive LNG tank at the site, near the southeastern Washington town of Plymouth, is still unknown and under investigation, the company said on its website.

Investigation begins into cause of blast at natural gas facility on Washington-Oregon border

State and federal regulators looking for what caused an explosion at a liquefied natural gas facility on the Washington-Oregon border began interviewing injured workers Tuesday as an evacuation order covering hundreds of nearby residents was lifted. Also Tuesday, a team of firefighters and plant employees went inside the Williams Northwest Pipeline storage facility and found no lingering fire. The safety check came after the blast Monday injured five employees and ruptured a huge liquefied natural gas storage tank.

Environmental agency seeks public comments on proposed LNG plant in B.C.

VANCOUVER - A multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project proposed for B.C.'s north coast is inching its way through the environmental approval process. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced Wednesday that a 30-day public comment period for the Pacific NorthWest LNG project will begin April 2 and end May 1.

Nova Scotia government gives conditional OK for liquefied natural gas plant

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia granted conditional approval Friday to a proposed liquefied natural gas plant in Goldboro, clearing another hurdle for the terminal that's slated to be operational in six years if Pieridae Energy Canada decides to proceed with the project. Environment Minister Randy Delorey said the Calgary-based company must abide by 40 conditions if it goes ahead, which includes working with his department to find ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at each phase of the project. Other conditions are intended to protect wetlands and wildlife, he said.

U.S. senator launches bill to go slow on LNG exports despite Ukraine

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Edward Markey introduced a bill on Thursday to make the Obama administration's approval of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports more complicated, saying expedited permits will not help Ukraine and Europe manage Russia's control of fuel supply.

Taiwan's CPC signs energy deal with Malaysia's Petronas

Resource-poor Taiwan's state oil supplier CPC Corp. said Thursday it had signed a six-year deal with Malaysian giant Petronas to import liquefied natural gas. Under the contract effective from April, Petronas will supply CPC Corp with an average of 2.25 million tonnes of LNG each year, the Taiwanese company said in a statement. The contract will replace an existing 20-year deal that expires next year. A CPC senior executive also confirmed that it has been in talks with an international oil consortium to import shale gas for the first time from the United States.
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