Steelhead LNG and Huu-Ay-Aht First Nations Sign Opportunity Development Agreement for LNG Project on Huu-Ay-Aht First Nations

Steelhead LNG and Huu-Ay-Aht First Nations Sign Opportunity Development 
Agreement for LNG Project on Huu-Ay-Aht First Nations
Land at Sarita Bay 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/08/14 -- 
Steelhead LNG Corp. and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (HFN) today
announced they have signed an Opportunity Development Agreement that
will see them work together to explore developing a liquefied natural
gas (LNG) project on HFN-owned land at Sarita Bay, approximately 10
kms north of Anacla at the southern end of Alberni Inlet on Vancouver
The project, which would include a land-based liquefaction facility,
could ultimately represent an investment of US$30 billion and create
hundreds of direct jobs from design through construction, and
hundreds of additional full-time operational jobs should the project
go ahead. If the project goes ahead, the facility would run for at
least 25 years. 
On July 8, Steelhead LNG applied to the National Energy Board for a
license to export up to 30.0 million tonnes of LNG per year for 25
years. The development of the Sarita Bay site would be split into
four 6 mtpa (million tonnes per annum) LNG production trains, which
is reflected in the application. Steelhead LNG is currently working
with pipeline companies to explore infrastructure options to deliver
the gas from northern British Columbia to western Vancouver Island,
and options for an additional 6.0 mtpa LNG export facility along a
pipeline route. 
Steelhead and HFN were introduced by the Port Alberni Port Authority
(PAPA), which developed strong relationships with both parties as
part of its mandate to foster economic development in the region. In
2013 the Port Alberni Port Authority entered into a Protocol
Agreement with HFN to collaborate towards achieving initiatives such
as this proposed project. 
The project, which is being overseen by a joint Steelhead LNG/
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Project Development Panel (PDP), represents
a unique approach and an increased level of First Nations input and
direction in an LNG project. The project will be subject to several
comprehensive regulatory, environmental and technical assessments and
will only proceed after extensive consultation with Huu-ay-aht
citizens, including a vote on a possible land lease to the project at
the Huu-ay-aht First Nations People's Assembly in November, 2014.
PAPA would continue to be involved with the port development, marine
and shipping related aspects of the project. 
In order to collect ongoing input and feedback from Huu-ay-aht First
Nations citizens, as well as from other stakeholders, the PDP will
put in place a number of community engagement initiatives including a
community office in the Bamfield/Anacla and Port Alberni areas, a
project website, Community Rounds (meetings) for HFN citizens,
community meetings, and regular project updates. These consultations
will begin before, and continue after, the 2014 HFN People's
"We look forward to working closely with Huu-ay-aht First Nations to
explore LNG opportunities," said Nigel Kuzemko, CEO, Steelhead LNG.
"While the site is a significant distance from upstream gas
production, it does offer numerous advantages, including direct
access to the Pacific Ocean. This agreement at the earliest stage of
the project reflects our commitment to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations
and our respect for their principles of iisaak (greater respect),
hishuk tsa-walk (everything is connected) and uu-a-thluk (taking care
of). We were also very impressed by the level of collaboration
between Huu-ay-aht First Nations and the Port Alberni Port Authority.
We see this kind of collaboration as an enabler for projects of this
"It's important to note that this agreement represents only the first
step in our journey together. We recognize that between now and the
time the first shipment of LNG might leave our proposed facility,
thousands of decisions will have to be made and we have to get every
one of them right, or that shipment doesn't leave. In addition, the
decisions we make together will be measured against our joint
responsibility to ensure the lands on which we hope to operate are
safeguarded for generations to come." 
For Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Jeff Cook, the
Opportunity Development Agreement is a reflection of HFN Executive
Council's long term economic development strategy that provides
sustainable wealth for the Huu-ay-aht people, while respecting their
value of conservation. 
"We look forward to working with Steelhead LNG to explore economic
development opportunities for our people," said Cook. "LNG represents
a unique opportunity for our citizens, our region and the province,
and this agreement will provide us with an opportunity to see how
potential LNG projects might fit with the priorities and initiatives
identified in our strategic plan." 
The Huu-ay-aht First Nations is a 750-citizen, self-governing nation
based in Barkley Sound, on the southwestern coast of Vancouver
Island. Fifteen per cent of its citizens live in the community of
Anacla (near Bamfield), with the remaining citizens living in Port
Alberni, greater Vancouver, northwest Washington State and elsewhere.
HFN is part of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Group and is a signatory to
the Maa-nulth First Nations Final Agreement that came into effect on
April 1, 2011. 
In late 2013, following extensive consultation with community
citizens, the Nation unveiled its 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, which
identified short and long term goals related to children and
families, culture and values, infrastructure and natural resources
and trade. In November 2013, Huu-ay-aht Councillor John Alan Jack
joined a PAPA delegation with Premier Christy Clark and BC business
leaders on a trade mission to China to promote economic development
opportunities in the Alberni area. 
As part of the Opportunity Development Agreement, Steelhead LNG will
provide HFN with capacity funding so the Nation can secure the
technical, environmental and negotiating expertise it needs to
protect its land and its interests. Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht
First Nations will also work together on a social benefit and
community engagement program that includes, among other things: 

--  archaeological, environmental, structural and technical engineering work
    to support the preservation and protection of the Kiix?in National
    Historic Site; 
--  development of a bike and walking path along the heavily used road
    between Anacla and Bamfield, which is currently only one and a half
    lanes-wide; and 
--  a socio-economic analysis of the conditions, needs, and capacities of
    Anacla, Bamfield and Port Alberni, and the broad impact of any LNG
    project on those communities. 

Additional possible components of the program include: 

--  a salmonoid enhancement program 
--  trades and other education for HFN citizens 

"Today's announcement showcases our unique approach to developing LNG
projects," said Kuzemko. "By operating as a flexible and focused
BC-based company that isn't constrained by commitments to worldwide
projects, or non-LNG energy sectors, we hope to create a project and
partnerships that for many years to come will generate opportunities
for the Huu-ay-aht people as well as BC-based businesses providing
engineering, construction, accommodation, marine, transportation and
other LNG sector-related services. 
"We also believe that Canada has the entrepreneurial, educational and
natural resources to become a world leader in the responsible
development of LNG. To that end, we are committed to helping develop
Canada's financial, organizational and technical capacity to achieve
that goal and ensure the benefits of LNG extend to all Canadians." 
For more information about Steelhead LNG, visit 
For more information about Huu-ay-aht First Nations, visit 
The Huu-ay-aht First Nations (HFN) is a self-governing, modern treaty
Nation whose lands are located in the Barclay Sound region on the
west coast of Vancouver Island at the entrance to the Port Alberni
inlet. The lands and waters making up the traditional territories
(Ha-houlthee) of the Huu-ay-aht have been occupied by them since time
immemorial. Today, Huu-ay-aht citizens number close to 750 and
primarily reside around the village of Anacla, the Nation's principal
community close to Bamfield, as well as Port Alberni, the closest
population center. The balance of citizens live across Vancouver
Island, in the Vancouver area, and beyond. 
Huu-ay-aht First Nations is a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal
Council and one of the five First Nations signatories to the
Maa-nulth Final Agreement, the first modern-day treaty to be
concluded on Vancouver Island. The treaty came into effect on April
1st, 2011, when the five Maa-nulth First Nations' laws came into
effect, marking a new era of ownership and self-government. Today,
HFN operates under a "made in Huu-ay-aht" Constitution, which
supports the laws and policies that establish how the Huu-ay-aht
government makes decisions on behalf of its citizens. As a result of
the Treaty, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations has full ownership and
jurisdiction over more than 8,200 hectares of land within their
territories and continue to have rights throughout their Ha-houlthee
(traditional territories). 
With full control over these undisputed lands owned in fee simple,
the Nation is able to govern the lands under their own laws. Seeking
to leverage this strength, HFN Council and Hereditary Chiefs
(Ha'wiih) have been actively seeking opportunities to engage in
responsible and sustainable economic development in order to forward
the HFN vision of working together to establish a healthy,
prosperous, and self-sustaining community. Maintaining their historic
role as caretakers of the lands, waters, and resources of their
Ha-houlthee, the Huu-ay-aht Ha'wiih work closely with Elected Council
to ensure that all development considerations are informed and guided
by the long-held principles of iisaak (respect), uu-a-thluk (taking
care of), and hishuk tsa'wak (everything is connected). Furthermore,
Huu-ay-aht citizens themselves contribute to the governance of their
Nation through regular People's Assemblies, which employ a "direct
democracy" model.  
Building on a rich history, Huu-ay-aht First Nations is working to
build a bright future for generations to come. To learn more about
Huu-ay-aht First Nations governance, culture, as well as upcoming
projects and initiatives, please visit our website at 
Steelhead LNG is a Vancouver-based liquefied natural gas project
development company, whose principals have created and led some of
the world's largest, most successful and environmentally responsible
natural gas and LNG projects. 
Nigel Kuzemko, CEO 
Nigel Kuzemko's experience in the energy sector began as a
geophysicist working on upstream exploration and production in the
North Sea in 1986. His 22 years of senior executive experience in the
energy sector includes extensive work on commercial arrangements in
the natural gas industry for everything from upstream exploration
through the value chain to retail energy, and gas and power trading.
In South America, Australia, Asia and across Europe, Kuzemko has
played a key role in developing and growing the LNG divisions of
global energy companies such as Shell, Santos, Qatargas and Gazprom.
His experience includes negotiating numerous multi-billion dollar
energy agreements, conceptualizing Gladstone LNG (Australia),
governmental agreements, joint ventures, LNG sales agreements, as
well as operating agreements and price reviews. 
Ian Hill, Vice President, Technical 
Ian Hill has more than 40 years' experience in the oil and gas
industry, including 37 with the Royal Dutch Shell Group of companies.
Over his distinguished career, his technical development, engineering
management and project leadership roles have covered the full project
development cycle, including identification, feasibility and concept
selection, integration of subsurface and surface disciplines, FEED
(front end engineering design), EPC&C (engineering, procurement,
construction and commissioning) and engagement with national
ministerial or regulatory bodies. His experience spans offshore and
onshore oil and gas exploration and production, and the gas midstream
sector, primarily LNG. Among his many industry achievements is
leading the development of Shell's original floating LNG concept. 
Blaine Mersereau, Vice President, Commercial 
On the upstream and commercial side, Steelhead LNG has nearly thirty
years' experience in the gas, power, oil, NGLs and LNG sectors across
North America through Blaine Mersereau, (VP, Commercial).
Commercially skilled and technically trained in geology, Mersereau
has worked for corporations such as Shell Canada Energy (LNG Canada),
EnCana, Anadarko Canada, Florida Power & Light, Lectrix Canada,
Berkley Petroleum and TransAlta Energy. His extensive corporate,
regulatory and technical expertise includes successfully managing
grass roots business opportunities from inception through to
commercial operations, establishing governance and risk management
systems with new venture start-ups, and brokering deals. His industry
achievements include developing the business plan for North America's
first electronic trading system for natural gas (Energy Exchange
Inc.), founding North America's first international, merchant power
transmission line (Montana Alberta Transmission Line), and
established energy trading departments for several multi-national
energy marketing companies. 
Ryan Patryluk, Vice President, Corporate Affairs 
Overseeing Steelhead LNG's financial structuring and negotiations is
Ryan Patryluk, a former partner of a national law firm and a founding
partner at MEP Business Counsel. Patryluk is a proven leader in
structuring domestic and international projects with a diverse legal
and commercial background. As a lawyer qualified in Canada, England
and Wales and New York, Patryluk has represented some of the world's
largest institutional and investment banks and asset managers, and
has led negotiations to establish international joint ventures and
other business relationships in Canada and abroad. In legal and
business roles with major international firms in Canada, the United
States and Europe, Patryluk has focused on strategic business
mandates, infrastructure and energy projects, mergers/acquisitions
and major debt and equity financings. 
Steelhead LNG's investors include KERN Partners, a Calgary-based
energy sector private equity firm, which is funded by a group of
leading Canadian pension funds, North American university endowments,
foundations, institutions and family offices. KERN's team has
significant experience in the upstream oil and gas, energy
infrastructure, energy technology and oil and gas service sectors and
has more than $2.3 billion under management. 
For more information, visit: 

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