A familiar face at the helm of new LNG project | Squamish Chief

A familiar face at the helm of new LNG project

Byng Giraud, formerly of Squamish's Woodfibre LNG, president of new company working to build an export facility near Prince Rupert

Byng Giraud, formerly with Woodfibre LNG, is in the news again as president of a proposed liquefied natural gas project by AlaskaCAN LNG.

The new company has proposed constructing a $12-billion liquefied natural gas export terminal in Alaskan waters near Prince Rupert.

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It would ship gas from northern B.C. to Asia.

“We like the Alaska side, partially because it makes the pipeline shorter — saves about 60 kilometers. And Alaska has a fairly clear and robust permitting process,” Giraud told Alaska's Energy Desk.

He said that the plant could be operational in 2027 or 2028, shipping LNG to Asia.

Giraud was with Woodibre for six and a half years.

He was the first person hired in Canada to represent the project as country manager and vice-president of corporate affairs.

Once the company got its environmental assessment certificates and grew in scale, the titles were shuffled and he became vice president of business development.

He joined Woodfibre in 2013 and left in July of 2019.

David Keane is the current president of Woodfibre LNG.

Currently, remediation of the site located about seven kilometres southwest of Squamish on Howe Sound is continuing, according to Rebecca Scott, director of communications for Woodfibre LNG.

Most recently the former women's housing building — from when the former pulp mill and small community existed on the site — was demolished, Scott said.

To date, $12 million has been spent on remediation of the property, according to Scott.

A final investment decision on the project has yet to be announced.

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