QUEEN’S PARK – Today’s announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that it will build Eastern Canada’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in Sarnia-Lambton is good news for the community said Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey.

“Today’s announcement by Shell is a vote of confidence in the Sarnia-Lambton community and confirmation of our region’s role as a major hub of energy production in North America,” said MPP Bailey.  “Our community has a wealth of highly skilled tradesmen, as well as knowledgeable and experienced professionals that can develop exciting and innovative new technologies and facilities like the Shell LNG plant; Shell locating this new plant in Sarnia-Lambton is a great decision on their part.”

In addition to the Sarnia LNG plant, Shell announced that it will build a similar plant in Louisiana.  Each new plant will produce 250,000 tonnes of LNG per year and serve North America’s important shipping and transportation channels along the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes corridor.

LNG as a fuel for trucks, trains and ships will cost approximately 30 percent less than traditional diesel fuel while at the same time meeting stricter environmental emissions standards. Shell’s new LNG plant will position Sarnia-Lambton as a leader in the emerging, clean and affordable energy production sector.

Construction of the new LNG plant is expected to begin in about one year, and create between 50 and 100 construction jobs in the local area.

“I look forward to working with Shell as they navigate their way through the government regulatory and environmental approvals process,” added MPP Bailey.