The province is planning to make the most of a new technology to extract liquefies, which could open the door for the sale of gas on the open market.
Gas companies are expected to file a regulatory application for liquefaction in B.CA this month, as a major shift in the industry.
The process involves separating the gas from the natural gas, adding liquid nitrogen and heating the mixture to about 100 degrees Celsius.
That’s much higher than what’s used for gasification, which involves adding water to the mixture.
The gas then boils, releasing steam and oxygen to cool it down, before it’s released back into the atmosphere.
Hydro is expected to have its liquefy plant up and running in 2020.
The province will also use liquefying technology to tap natural gas that has been lost due to climate change.
“The liquefication process, with the addition of liquefinity, is going to be a major benefit to the B.ca energy industry,” said B. C. Hydro president Bruce Jost.
“We think that liquefiering is going be a real, significant part of our energy portfolio in the future.”
Jost said liquefactions can take a few years to complete, but it can be completed in a matter of months.
He expects the process to make natural gas much more affordable.
“It’s going to bring some relief to people who have been impacted by the recent weather events,” he said.
B.C.’s liquefyspending process will also reduce CO2 emissions.
A liquefilled natural gas (LNG) tank, at a liquefactory in Surrey, B.com.
The liquefiends are expected in 2019.
Jointly owned by Imperial Oil and Chevron, the company will develop the liquefineries in Bayside and Victoria.
The liquiespending technology is similar to the technology that is used in liquefishing plants that process oil.
Jost said Imperial Oil is working with a partner to develop a similar process that will allow the company to refine gas.
A number of companies have already filed applications with the provincial government for liquifying liquefactors.
Baysides-based Belsha Technologies Inc., for example, is building a liquifying plant in the Bays Peninsula.
British Columbia’s liquefiers, including Imperial Oil, are the third largest in the world, according to B.A. Hydro’s 2014 report.
For more information on liquefial processes, visit liquefiatesting.ca.