A five-year construction deadline extension has been granted to the C$1.6 billion ($1.2 billion) Woodfibre liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project on the southern Pacific coast of British Columbia (BC).

The BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) set a new permit expiry date of October 2025. The schedule extension does not create hazards or harm rights of the native tribe next to the planned terminal, the agency said.

The BCEAO noted that C$13 million ($9.8 million) has been spent on preparing for Woodfibre’s construction on the site of a former pulp mill beside the scenic Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and the Whistler ski resort.

When built, the terminal would employ 102 to load about 40 overseas tankers a year, with annual exports of up to 2.1 million metric...