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FortisBC secures first export contract for Tilbury LNG facility

FortisBC has entered into its first term supply agreement to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) for Top Speed Energy Corp. to export to China.
This term supply agreement is an unprecedented development in Canada’s LNG export industry and was made possible by the completion of the Tilbury LNG expansion project in Delta, B.C. earlier this year.
The two-year agreement will see 53,000 tonnes of LNG a year or about 60 ISO containers (standard- sized shipping containers) a week shipped from Tilbury to China by the summer of 2021. The volume of LNG to be exported is equivalent to the volume necessary to heat more than 30,000 average
B.C. households for a year.
“This is the first agreement of its kind that will see Canadian LNG shipped regularly to China,” said FortisBC vice-president of market development and external relations, Douglas Stout.
“There is strong demand for Canadian LNG in China and this is an exciting time to be working in the industry here in B.C.”
In 2017, FortisBC became the first company in Canada to supply LNG for export to China. Since then FortisBC has been supplying LNG to customers for export to China on a spot basis.
With the project adding LNG production capacity of 250,000 tonnes per year and additional storage capacity of 46,000 cubic metres, Tilbury is leading Canada’s export industry into uncharted territory.
Clean design
Tilbury’s new expansion facility is designed to be one of the cleanest LNG facilities in the world. This agreement would reduce between 90,000 and 180,000 tonnes of GHG emissions annually, according to a lifecycle green-house gas (GHG) emissions tool developed specifically for Tilbury. This is the GHG emissions equivalent of removing every passenger-sized diesel truck in B.C. LNG plays an important role for Canada both as an attainable way to reduce GHG emissions, and as an economic opportunity.
“This is an encouraging step for Canada’s LNG export industry,” said the Hon Amarjeet Sohi, Chinese industries and residential buildings are switching from coal to natural gas to significantly improve air quality and address climate change. According to the International Energy Agency, LNG imports will be critical to transition China’s energy system to a path that limits global warming.
Shipping LNG by ISO container helps meet the energy demands of industrial and public utility customers in China who are not connected to a pipeline network as the containers can be transported virtually anywhere and don’t require large regasification terminals to convert the LNG back into natural gas.
“Our company is pleased to work with FortisBC to move their LNG to China’s fast-growing market,” said Top Speed Energy CEO Chen Jianrong.
October 24, 2019


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