BC First Nation JV Awarded LNG Canada Steel Contract
Gitga’at Waiward Industrial, a joint venture of the Gitga’at First Nation in BC and Waiward Industrial, said October 22 it has been awarded the contract to supply stick-built structural steel for the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, on BC’s northern coast.
The contract was awarded by JGC Fluor, the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the LNG Canada project, led by Anglo-Dutch major Shell through its Canadian affiliate, Shell Canada Energy.
“On behalf of LNG Canada, I would like to congratulate Gitga’at Waiward Industrial for this important achievement,” LNG Canada CEO Peter Zebedee said. “It is a great example of business forging strong partnerships with local First Nations to create opportunities that benefit BC communities, while contributing to a project of national and international significance.”
Formed in 2019 and based in Kitimat, Gitga’at Waiward Industrial provides a full range of construction, maintenance, fabrication and engineering services. Structural steel supplied to the LNG Canada project will be used to construct a number of on-site facilities, with deliveries expected to begin in early 2021 and continue through to December 2022.
“The significance of the LNG Canada project work to the Gitga’at Nation and to all northwest BC’s indigenous nations can’t be underestimated,” said Paul Paterson, CEO of Gitga’at Development. “The economic successes of the region’s First Nations are instrumental to a vibrant regional economy and through extension, the provincial and national economy.”