Apache has completed its previously-announced transaction with
Chevron to build and operate the Kitimat LNG project and develop world-class natural
gas resources at the Liard and Horn River basins in British
Chevron and Apache each have become a 50% owners of the
Kitimat LNG plant, the Pacific Trail Pipelines and 644,000
gross undeveloped acres in the Horn River and Liard basins, the
companies said on Monday.
After a brief transition period, Chevron will assume
operatorship of the LNG plant and the pipeline. Apache Canada
increased its ownership in the LNG plant and pipeline from 40%
and will operate the upstream assets.
Apache's net proceeds from the transaction were $405
"With Chevron's LNG
experience and Apache's upstream track record, this team is
ideally suited to move this project forward toward delivering
the tremendous resources at Liard and Horn River to meet Asia's
growing demand for LNG," said G. Steven Farris,
Liard and Horn River are two of the most prolific shale gas
plays in North America, the companies said, with more than 50
trillion cubic feet of resource potential on the Apache-Chevron
Encana and EOG Resources -- formerly 30% non-operating
owners in Kitimat LNG and Pacific Trail Pipelines -- sold their
interests and exited the venture.
Kitimat LNG, at Bish Cove on the northern British Columbia
coast approximately 400 miles (650 km) north of Vancouver, is
currently completing front-end engineering and design, and
early site work is under way.
Current plans call for two liquefaction trains, each with
expected capacity of 5 million tpy of LNG (about 750 million
cubic feet of gas per day).
Kitimat LNG has received all significant environmental
approvals and a 20-year export license from the Canadian
The 290-mile (463-km) Pacific Trail Pipelines will provide a
direct connection between the Spectra Energy Transmission
pipeline system and the Kitimat LNG
The project has strong support from many
of the First Nations along the route, according to the