B.C. to host conference on liquefied natural gas as it plans 3 LNG plants

VICTORIA – The B.C. government says it will host Canada’s first international conference on liquefied natural gas in February.

Energy Minister Rich Coleman says the conference will represent a major milestone in his government’s effort to have three LNG plants operating by 2020, taking gas from northeast B.C. and shipping it to oversees markets.

The conference will include government officials, companies planning to build LNG plants, investors, consumers, First Nations leaders and academics.

The government says before the conference is held, it will release a report on the expected labour needs of the industry.

It says the plants and the pipelines that will feed them could result in up to 1,400 direct jobs and many indirect jobs.

The conference will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Feb. 25 and 26.