Woodfibre LNG is a subsidiary of Pacific Oil & Gas, which forms a part of the global Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group of companies founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sukanto Tanoto. Woodfibre LNG is a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) processing and export facility based at the former woodfibre pulp and paper mill near Squamish, British Columbia, Canada, and is licenced to produce 2.1 million tonnes of LNG per year.
Having received federal government environmental approval in October 2015, the project received funding authorisation of US$ 1.6 billion from Pacific Oil & Gas in November 2016, and started construction on the LNG plant in December 2016.
While construction of the facility has only just started, Woodfibre LNG has already handed out grants to the total value of US$ 22,000 to six recipients during the months of December 2016 and January 2017 as a part of its Community Sponsorship Program. The Community Sponsorship Program is in line with the motto of the RGE group of companies and its Chairman, Sukanto Tanoto, which is that all operations should be good for the country, good for the community, good for the climate and good for the company.
The grants were divided amongst the six groups as follows:
- The Squamish Sikh Society received US$ 5000
- Britannia Mine Museum received US$ 5000
- Spakwus 50 – Squamish Mountain Bike received US$ 3000
- 835 Griffin Royal Canadian Air Cadets received US$ 3000
- Howe Sound Hitmen Football Club received US$ 3000
- Squamish Field Hockey Club received US$ 3000
How to Apply for a Woodfibre LNG Grant
To apply for a grant from Woodfibre LNG, Squamish community groups are encouraged to visit the Woodfibre LNG website to find out if they fit the criteria and to fill out application forms. The cut-off date for the next round of applications for funding is March 30 2017.