Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations have submitted their plans for Kwispaa LNG project, which they hope to build in Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island’s west coast. FILE PHOTO

Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations have submitted their plans for Kwispaa LNG project, which they hope to build in Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island’s west coast. FILE PHOTO

Open house for Kwispaa LNG proposal taking place today in Port Alberni

Public can view plan, talk to Steelhead LNG officials starting at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27

Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations will hold a community open house in Port Alberni today (Nov. 27) to learn more about the proposed Kwispaa LNG project in Sarita Bay.

Members of the public are invited to attend the open house from 4:30–7:30 p.m. at the Italian Hall Events Centre (4065 Sixth Ave.) and learn more about Kwispaa, a proposed liquified natural gas facility on lands owned by Huu-ay-aht FN Nuumaqimyiis (new-MUCK-a-mis)—the Nuu-chah-nulth name for Sarita Bay.

The first of three community open houses was held Monday, Nov. 26 in Ucluelet. Another is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the House of Huu-ay-aht in Anacla, next to Bamfield. That event will also take place from 4:30–7:30 p.m.

READ MORE: Steelhead, Huu-ay-aht submit plans for Kwispaa LNG project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry’s public comment period closed on Nov. 19; the CEAA will decide whether an environmental assessment is required for the project by Dec. 13.

The entire project will cost in excess of $20 billion if approved, and is designed to be built in stages. Steelhead says the facility will have an initial lifespan of approximately 25 years—the amount of time on its initial export license, with options for renewal.

Steelhead has completed preliminary engineering on the proposed LNG facility and will begin detailed design work in early 2019, according to Matt Skinner, manager of communications for Steelhead LNG.

For more information about Kwispaa LNG, find them online at kwispaaLNG.com.

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