British Columbia’s natural gas industry is moving forward aggressively on two fronts – expanding gas supply from previously inaccessible shale gas reservoirs, and planning LNG export projects to supply Asian markets. One consequence is that the demand for energy to meet requirements for gas processing facilities and LNG plants is growing rapidly. The BC Integrated Resource Plan estimates that the initial electricity demand from potential LNG projects can be met by BC Hydro from its existing supply. Looking ahead, increased demand from the LNG sector will depend on the actual roll-out of LNG projects and the share of their energy demand that is met by either natural gas or electricity. For example, using BC’s green electricity instead of natural gas will help companies reduce their emissions and will free up gas for export markets. This breakfast roundtable will explore the technological possibilities, opportunities, issues and practical realities of using electricity as an energy source in place of natural gas in processing and LNG facilities.

 

Areas of Focus 

Implications of projections of increasing energy demand arising from growth of the natural gas supply and LNG industries on BC’s electricity supply picture

Opportunities to make use of electricity in place of natural gas in gas processing operations and LNG facilities

Impacts on electricity demand, transmission capacity and infrastructure, CO2 emissions from natural gas operations.

Identify potential barriers and areas needing further investigation before the key requirements to achieve energy market diversification, and find solutions across a range of energy issue.