Alberta Oil magazine says in A window of opportunity opens in Japan for Canadian LNG
Nuclear outages in Japan continue to stoke demand for delivering Canadian gas to the Far East. Look for oil- and natural gas-fired generation to offset a precipitous drop in atomic capacity as maintenance work at plants, combined with public safety pressures, keeps a fleet of 54 reactors from running at full capacity, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. Japan’s nuclear reactors normally account for 27 per cent of the country’s electricity demand, but only 16 were online in August, five months after a massive earthquake rocked the coastal city of Sendai and sent officials scrambling in search of alternatives to the atom.
The country is one of several potential sales destinations for a suite of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals taking shape on Canada’s West Coast at Kitimat, British Columbia. Two of the most advanced proposals, including a 10-million-tonne capacity project led by Apache Canada Ltd. and another, smaller co-operative that would ship 1.8 million tonnes abroad annually, are both seeking 20-year export licenses from the National Energy Board….