Devon Siebenga

B.C. government pitches LNG spinoffs

Suppliers urged to register with new website to make it easier for natural gas investment groups to find them

The B.C. government has launched a website it says will help spread the benefits of liquefied natural gas development to businesses around the province.

Jobs Minister Shirley Bond unveiled the website Tuesday, with 300 B.C. businesses signed up with details of their goods and services. Representatives of two of those businesses visited the B.C. legislature to endorse the effort.

Janice Shaben is a partner with her husband Gord in Terrace-based Silvertip Promotions and Signs. She said LNG companies are already active in the northwest and her company has landed some business deals by direct meetings.

She is also president of the Terrace Chamber of Commerce, with more than 300 member businesses.

“I’m going to encourage all my businesses in town to make sure they get connected, because by registering your company on the website, it allows you to showcase what you’re capable of doing, what services you’re able to provide,” Shaben said.

Devon Siebenga, president of Kelowna-based BigSteelBox Structures, brought one of his company’s portable worker accommodation units with him. Converted from a steel shipping container, the unit contains two of what Siebenga termed “executive suites” with granite countertops and in-suite washrooms.

“We’re setting out to change the way people look at workforce accommodations and modular structures,” Siebenga said.

Bond said the liquefied natural gas industry could create 100,000 jobs in the province. Companies that register at the website enter details of their goods and services and the system matches them up with needs listed by energy and construction companies.

The government hired former NDP cabinet minister Gordon Wilson to tour the province promoting B.C. business participation in LNG projects. Wilson stressed that aboriginal communities and companies will be at the front of the line.

“Companies when they come in … will let you know First Nations business trumps all other because they want to make sure First Nations are properly engaged in this process,” Wilson told the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce Oct. 15. “I think that is only proper and correct.”

 

Just Posted

Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson set to hit Rock the Shores stage

Other acts include Bahamas, Allen Stone and Bedouin Soundclash

Croatia loses in World Cup final, Victoria fans still jubilant

“We’re just a small little country, we only have 4.5 million people, and look how far we’ve come.”

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Fire at Christie’s Carriage House Pub on Fort Street

The fire was caused by rags in a dryer

Park ambassador pilot going well at Mount Doug

Dog poop bags, litter and cigarette butts among ongoing park issues

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

5 things to do this weekend around Victoria

The sounds of summer Rock the Shores returns to the lower fields… Continue reading

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

LOCAL FLAVOUR: South Island expecting a bumper berry crop

It’s berry time in Saanich. My raspberries are getting plump and ripe… Continue reading

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Most Read