Current Major Projects

Kitimat is currently in a period of rapid growth, a great opportunity for investment and new businesses to establish and thrive in our community.

See our list of projects below.

Port Contact Information

TNC Agencies
Phone: 250-632-2221

Industrial area and shipping channel 

Rio Tinto Modernization Project (2011 - 2015) - Complete

The modernized aluminium smelter started up operations in mid-2015.

The $4.8 billion (US) Kitimat Modernization Project has increased the Rio Tinto aluminium smelter's production capacity by 48% to approximately 420,000 tonnes of aluminum ingot per year, using the most cost effective, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly technology available.

Rio Tinto Kemano T2 Project (2017 - 2020) - Active

The Rio Tinto aluminium smelter in Kitimat is run on hydroelectric power from their Kemano powerhouse.  The powerhouse receives water from the Nechako River resevoir via a single tunnel that is over 60 years old.  Completion of a second tunnel will ensure the long-term reliability of the power supply.

Rio Tinto BC Works

LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink (2018 - 2025 Construction / 2025 - 2065 Operations) - Active

LNG Canada

On October 1, 2018, LNG Canada made a final investment decision to proceed with construction of an LNG export facility in Kitimat, the first LNG export facility in the country and the largest private sector investment in Canadian history.

Construction of the project is currently underway and is expected to be completed in 2025.

LNG Canada is a joint venture led by Shell (40% interest) along with Petronas (25%), PetroChina (15%), Mitsubishi (15%) and KOGAS (5%). The project consists of construction and operation of natural gas treatment facilities, liquefaction and storage facilities, marine terminal facilities, an interconnecting cryogenic transfer pipeline, and supporting infrastructure. 

There will initially be two processing units, or "trains", to export an estimated 14 million tonnes per annum with the potential to expand to four trains in the future. Approximately 4,500 - 7,000 jobs will be created during the construction phase and about 400 employees will be required for operation of the facility.

Coastal GasLink

TransCanada Corp will design, build, own and operate the proposed Coastal GasLink project, a 48 inch, 700km pipeline that will transport natural gas from the Montney gas-producing region near Dawson Creek, BC to the LNG Canada export facility in Kitimat. The pipeline will have the capacity to move 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. Construction jobs are estimated at 2,000 - 2,500 over a three year construction period.

Kitimat LNG and Pacific Trail Pipeline - Proposed

Kitimat LNG site aerial photo

Kitimat LNG

Chevron Canada and Woodside Canada each hold a 50% stake in the proposed Kitimat LNG project which includes an export terminal, pipeline, and 644,000 gross undeveloped acres in the Horn and Liard River basins in northeastern BC.

The proposed project would have an initial capacity to produce 700 million cubic feet of natural gas per day or five million tonnes of LNG per year.

In 2019 it was announced that Kitimat LNG will be using electric drive motors to power their plant which would make it the greenest LNG export facility in the world.

In December 2019, Chevron Canada Limited (Chevron) announced its plan to divest its 50% interest in the project. Chevron engaged in a process to divest while continuing to work with its joint venture partner, Woodside, on agreed project activities that brought value to the asset or were required for regulatory and operational compliance. At this time, it is Chevron’s intent to cease Chevron-funded further feasibility work for the proposed Kitimat LNG Project.

In May 2021, Woodside announced its decision to exit its 50% interest in the project. These exits will include the divestment or wind-up and restoration of assets, leases and agreements covering the 480 km Pacific Trail Pipeline route and the site for the proposed LNG facility at Bish Cove.

Pacific Trail Pipeline

The Pacific Trail Pipeline (PTP) project includes a 42 inch, 470 km pipeline that will supply gas from Summit Lake (north of Prince George, BC) to the Kitimat LNG export terminal. The pipeline is expected to move one billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Provincial and federal environmental approvals were granted in 2008 and 2009 respectively. A front end engineering and design study was undertaken in 2010. The First Nations limited partnership for the PTP project ensures all 16 First Nations with traditional territory located along the pipeline route will receive immediate and long-term benefits from the project.

Cedar LNG - Proposed

In August 2014 the Haisla First Nation submitted three separate applications to the National Energy Board for LNG export licences.  The applications seek approval to export varying quantities of LNG to Asian markets from either barge-based or floating LNG vessels at up to three locations along the west side of the Douglas Channel. Each application relates to separate and independent commercial arrangements with gas producers, purchasers and shippers. Pipeline capacity required to transport natural gas to Cedar LNG could include a mix of new and already-proposed third party infrastructure.

In May 2016, Cedar LNG was issued a 25-year LNG export license by the National Energy Board, with the possibility of extension to 40 years. 

Construction is planned to start in 2022 with operations to begin in 2025.  

Pacific Traverse Energy - Proposed

Pacific Traverse Energy (PTE) is proposing to construct and operate a 1.25 million tonne per year propane export facility in Kitimat. The project will include the following key components:

  • New railyard
  • New pipeline to connect the railyard to the marine terminal
  • New marine terminal that includes a floating storage vessel and supporting equipment

On February 5, 2018 PTE submitted an application to the National Energy Board for an export licence.  PTE was issued a 25 year export license in November 2018.

Kitimat Clean - Proposed

In August 2012, Kitimat Clean Ltd submitted a proposal to build a green, state-of-the-art oil refinery near Kitimat in the Kitimat Valley to process heavy crude oil delivered by rail.   It would be one of the ten largest refineries in the world and the lowest cost producer of any refinery on the Pacific or Indian Oceans.

The refinery would process 550,000 barrels of diluted bitumen per day, producing 240,000 barrels per day of diesel, 100,000 barrels per day of gasoline, and 50,000 barrels per day of aviation fuel. Approximately 6,000 workers would be required during the construction phase; there would be 3,000 permanent full time jobs upon completion.

In April 2013, Kitimat Clean signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China which will serve as financial advisor and cooperate in the financing of the project. In June 2014, Hatch Ltd was contracted to conduct a basic engineering design, and Expander Energy entered into an agreement with Kitimat Clean to license its FTCrude refining process.

Pacific Future Energy Refinery - Proposed

Pacific Future Energy proposes to build and operate the world's greenest bitumen refinery near Kitimat in the Kitimat Valley.

The project would receive near-solid neatbit bitumen by rail from western Canada and refine it into diesel, gasoline, and other products for export to world markets. Pacific Future Energy plans to power the refinery with clean-energy sources that include biomass wood-waste from the regional forest industry. The project would create an estimated 3,500 direct jobs in construction and 1,000 in operation. 

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