Petronas Reportedly Considering Changes to PNW LNG Project

Petronas is reportedly reconsidering a site on Ridley Island as a possible location for docking facilities for its proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project.

A report in Bloomberg News says the Malaysian state-owned company is in the midst of a project redesign that would involve building a tunnel from Lelu Island, where it wants to build its liquefaction plant, to Ridley where ships would dock to take deliveries of LNG for export.

This would eliminate the need for a costly -- and controversial -- suspension bridge to be built adjacent to Flora Bank, an environmentally sensitive marine area which is crucial to salmon habitat.

Pacific Northwest LNG has not confirmed the report.

The Ridley site became available when Canpotex abandoned plans to build a new potash export terminal there last summer.  

It's unclear whether the change would require another environmental review.

Gitanyow hereditary chief Glen Williams, who has protested against the original plan, is quoted as saying he'd welcome the chance to discuss changes to the site, although the company has not reached out to him or his legal team.