ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. — Premier Roger Grimes has approached Petro-Canada, Chevron and Husky to bring the province’s natural gas ashore sooner through teamwork.
Rather than each company having separate projects for their individual fields, Grimes would like to see them work on a natural gas strategy together.
“Each one of them is having great difficulty on a stand-alone basis making the economics work just for their project, so that’s why we’re asking them to consider a basin-wide approach,” says Grimes.
He raised the idea with the three main players in the offshore arena during informal meetings on how to fast track natural gas development off Newfoundland’s coast, last week in Calgary.
The industry estimates it will take 10 to 12 years to bring natural gas ashore, after oil has been extracted. Grimes wants to cut that estimate in half. And of course, once the project hits the shore a boom for aggregate haulers in the province could be expected with the construction of a pipeline.
If they don’t warm to the idea by year-end, Grimes says the province may put out request for proposals to see if anyone else is willing to build the pipeline and get the project started.