The Project



Steelhead LNG is proposing to build a natural gas liquefaction and export facility on the shoreline of Malahat Nation-owned Bamberton Industrial Lands.


The proposed Malahat LNG Project site is home to the Malahat Nation, who is exploring LNG as a way to realize its Nation-building goals, create important economic, employment and training opportunities for its members, and generate revenue to support community programs.


The proposed location is an active industrial site that was a cement factory for 68 years and is currently being used as a rock quarry and for off-loading industrial equipment and materials.


It is a natural deep water port with a very steep foreshore gradient, and is located close to international shipping lanes, making it well suited for the proposed Malahat LNG Project.


The proposed Malahat LNG Project has the potential to diversify the local economy, contribute to government revenue through taxation and provide employment opportunities close to home for Vancouver Island families.


Globally, and especially in Asia, countries still rely heavily on coal and oil to provide power for their growing economies and populations. Clean-burning natural gas from British Columbia could significantly reduce the use of dirtier fuels to reduce harmful emissions and support the development of renewable energy as a dependable and sustainable source of power.


Steelhead LNG is proposing to develop the Malahat LNG Project on the Malahat Nation-owned Bamberton Industrial Lands, approximately seven kilometres south of Mill Bay on Vancouver Island. The proposed Malahat LNG project is currently in the preliminary engineering and conceptual design stage.

The National Energy Board (NEB) granted Steelhead LNG a license to export liquefied natural gas for 25 years. NEB export licenses are granted based purely on supply and demand of natural gas in Canada to ensure there are adequate reserves of natural gas to meet domestic needs for many years to come.


Facilities needed for this process would include both at-shore and land-based components. The At-Shore liquefied natural gas (ASLNG) production facilities would be moored to jetties along the shoreline, and supported by minor land-based infrastructure. The proposed Malahat LNG Project is currently in the preliminary engineering and design stage. At this preliminary stage, it is proposed at full-build out, there will be one LNG carrier loading at the facility every three to five days.

Project Components


The natural gas supply for the proposed Malahat LNG Project would be sourced from northeastern British Columbia and northwestern Alberta, supporting significant employment and other economic opportunities in those regions.  It’s the same clean-burning natural gas used every day in Canadian homes for heating and cooking.


Steelhead LNG is working with Williams (Northwest Pipeline LLC) to determine the feasibility of building and operating a natural gas pipeline that would bring the natural gas to the proposed Malahat LNG facility. The estimated 129-kilometre pipeline system would begin in the United States and end in Canada at the site of the proposed Malahat LNG Project. For more information on the proposed Island Gas Connector Project, please click here.


At full build out the facility could receive one LNG carrier every three to five days for loading (approximately 73 – 122 per year). The LNG carriers would remain at the terminal for up to 24 hours for loading before departing back to international waters. It is important to note that LNG carriers would not anchor in the inlet or in the channel awaiting entry.

Steelhead LNG is voluntarily participating in the TERMPOL Review Process. It’s a Transport Canada process that examines the safety of carriers entering Canadian waters, navigating through channels, approaching berthing at the proposed Malahat LNG facility and loading liquefied natural gas.

LNG shipping is strongly regulated and has one of the best safety records in marine transportation. LNG carriers are subject to extensive design criteria that ensure the safe transport of LNG, including sophisticated safety and containment systems.

For more information on how LNG is shipped safely, please click here.


Steelhead LNG and the Malahat Nation are working together to explore the opportunity to develop the proposed Malahat LNG Project.

In July 2015, the Malahat Nation and Steelhead LNG signed a Mutual Benefits Agreement and Long-Term Lease in support of the proposed Malahat LNG Project. Steelhead LNG and the Chief and Council of the Malahat Nation have been working collaboratively since their election in November 2015 and will continue to work together to communicate project information, discuss potential benefits and opportunities and learn more about what matters most to the community.

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Up to 30 years of revenue generation through taxation for local, provincial and federal governments during construction, operation and decommissioning. This is revenue that could support social services such as hospitals, recreational facilities and schools, as well as maintenance of local infrastructure.


Education and training opportunities for members of local communities, as well as neighbouring Aboriginal groups.


A need for approximately 350 to 400 workers during peak construction activities.


The creation of as many as 200 well paid, long-term positions at home on Vancouver Island to operate the facility.


Hundreds of additional and indirect jobs on Vancouver Island and elsewhere in Western Canada.

Looking beyond Vancouver Island, the proposed Malahat LNG Project is also expected to help Western Canada develop and grow its LNG and natural gas sectors and generate opportunities for Canadian businesses providing engineering, construction, accommodation, marine, transportation and other LNG and natural gas sector-related services.

There are a wide variety of construction and operations jobs that the proposed Malahat LNG Project would require including:

•  General labourers
•  Electricians
•  Pipefitters
•  Instrument technicians
•  Security personnel
•  Tug boat operators
•  Administrative positions

•  Gas fitters
•  Millwrights
•  Welders
•  Equipment operators
•  Catering
•  Coast pilots

Additionally, the proposed Malahat LNG Project would generate hundreds of spin-off jobs and business opportunities in many sectors, including:

•  Hospitality
•  Tourism
•  Catering

•  Recreation
•  Transportation
•  Other service sectors

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