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Natural Gas in British Columbia

Opportunities abound in British Columbia (B.C.), with numerous natural gas projects identified and a strong government commitment to supporting the industry. B.C. is a world leader in environmental regulation for natural gas development, with access to the best tools and strategies to protect the environment. B.C. also recognizes the critical role of communities and Indigenous peoples in the development of sector facilities and is committed to building positive and engaging relationships with both international and local partners.

Natural gas energy

Sector Profile


B.C. has been producing natural gas for over 50 years, building strong trade relationships around the world, and developing environmentally responsible practices to protect our communities and resources:

  • Abundant supply – The Northeast region of B.C. features some of the world’s most promising areas for natural gas extraction, with the richest deposits in areas such as the Horn River Basin, the Montney Basin, the Liard Basin, and the Cordova Embayment.
  • Ice-free ports – Shipping to Asia can be done faster and easier than any other West Coast port via the Port of Prince Rupert: one to three days faster than ports in Vancouver, Seattle, or Los Angeles.
  • Governmental support – Growing the natural gas sector is a priority for the B.C. government, with active encouragement of investment and efforts to create market opportunities for B.C.
  • Affordable, clean electricity – B.C.’s widely available hydroelectric power delivers economical power from clean and renewable sources, with some of North America’s lowest rates.

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