In this interview with Gastech News, Alfred Sorensen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pieridae Energy, talks about the role of Pieridae in Canada’s LNG industry and shares his views about community involvement.
Gastech News: How do you see Pieridae’s role in Canada’s LNG future?
Alfred Sorensen: I’d say Pieridae’s role in Canada’s overall energy picture is to bring another province back into growth mode to enhance the balance of payments between Canada and Europe when it comes to exporting natural gas. It’s also about bringing employment to a part of Canada that has suffered significantly over the last 10 to 15 years.
Gastech News: What role does community involvement play in Pieridae’s overall strategy?
Alfred Sorensen: First of all, the important thing is that the community accepts a large scale project and I think more than anything, from the very first day we announced the Goldboro LNG project on a fall day in October 2012, the community has been very welcoming.
It has taken an active role in telling us what the needs of the community are and where we can be of help and what areas we need to avoid to ensure the project remains successful. It has to some extent encouraged the First Nations as well to be participatory, maybe not as much as we would have liked but still, between the two different communities we’ve had an awful lot of good feedback as to how we see the project moving forward and the long-term effect it’s going to have on the community itself.
Gastech News: Is the community seeing those benefits quite clearly and embracing them?
Alfred Sorensen: A project of this size has the capability to retain and bring back population to an area that is sorely lacking that. In this time frame, where we’re seeing a lot of repatriation of employment from Alberta back to the Atlantic Provinces, it’s an advantage in that we have access to highly skilled labour. Secondly, it’s an advantage to the community as they get to have people come back into communities which allow the schools to stay open and allows hospitals to be utilised better. It allows for a tax base to grow which allows the municipality to do new things for their community.
This is part one of a two-part interview, the second half will be published shortly.
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Alfred Sorensen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pieridae Energy attended the 2016 Canada LNG Conference & Exhibition in Vancouver. Find out more about next year’s event which will take place from 16-18 May 2017. The Canada LNG Conference & Exhibition is where the global LNG community meets to discuss and develop the future of Canada’s LNG industry.
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