OTTAWA, Dec. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - British Columbia is expected to gain more
investment in natural gas than any other province in Canada over the
next 24 years, according to a Conference Board of Canada report issued
In all, natural gas industry investments are projected to total $386
billion, most of which is expected to flow to the three westernmost
provinces. British Columbia can expect to see $181 billion (2012
dollars) in investment between 2012 and 2035—more than $5.8 billion per
year on average - well ahead of Alberta.
"British Columbia faces the challenge of developing on two fronts:
unconventional shale gas production and infrastructure to support
liquefied natural gas exports," said Len Coad, Director, Environment, Energy and Technology Policy.
"The future of Canada's natural gas industry depends critically on
investment in exploration and production. Regulatory frameworks for
liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects and for unconventional natural
will play a key role in whether this investment takes place and the
economic benefits are realized."
Natural gas investments were quantified for this report based on
projected natural gas demand within Canada and for export as LNG
(primarily to Asian markets) or via the existing pipeline network (to
Exports of LNG from British Columbia are a potential emerging market for
natural gas. Several companies have announced plans for LNG
liquefaction plants, pipelines, and/or export facilities in British
Columbia. This analysis does not assume that all projects will proceed.
If that were to happen, Canada would go from no LNG exports to being
the second-largest LNG supplier in the world over a very short period.
For this report, the Conference Board assumed that four LNG trains will
be constructed, totalling 20 million tonnes per annum of capacity.
Although more investment will be made in British Columbia, Alberta will
gain the most in gross domestic product from the investment - an
increase of $153.6 billion increase (in 2012 dollars) from 2012 to
2035. British Columbia will gain more than $116 billion in GDP as a
result of natural gas investment.
The investment in British Columbia is expected to lead to 1.2 million
person years of employment, and more than $46 billion in total taxes in
B.C. over 24 years. The tax revenues cited do not include natural gas
royalty payments, which represent the resource owners' share of the
value of production.
In addition to the economic impact from investment, overall production
growth is expected to contribute a cumulative $576 billion (2012
dollars) to Canada's economy, supporting another 129,000 jobs per year.
Through these activities, the industry is expected generate roughly 6.2
million person-years of employment. In other words, the industry is
expected to support employment of nearly 260,000 per year over the
24-year forecast horizon.
The report, The Role of Natural Gas in Powering Canada's Economy, was funded by the Canadian Natural Gas Initiative. The publication is
publicly available at the Conference Board's e-library.
Link to publication: http://www.conferenceboard.ca/e-library/abstract.aspx?did=5251
SOURCE: Conference Board of Canada
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Brent Dowdall, Media Relations, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 448