Houston, TX, United States (4E) – Exxon Mobil Corp. has requested Canadian authorities that it be allowed to ship 30 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) each year from British Columbia.
Under the proposed project, the energy company can liquefy as much as 4 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually for export through tanker from one of its several proposed sites, according to its application with Canada’s National Energy Board on June 19. The company said it could begin shipments as early as 2021 once it gets approval and decides to move ahead with the project.
The Irving, Texas-based Exxon and its Canadian affiliate Imperial Oil Resources Ltd. previously filed an expression of interest with the British Columbia government to develop an LNG facility in the province. The sites considered in the application filed this week included Kitimat and Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
The world’s largest energy company by market value has been investing worldwide to expand its LNG portfolio with investments in countries like Qatar and Australia amid rising demand from developing economies in Asia where domestic supply is limited.
Last month, Exxon also entered talks with InterOil Corp. for a gas development project in Papua New Guinea that could be routed to Exxon’s $ 19bn LNG complex being built on the country’s coast.
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