No one is arguing the importance Alcan, it is the biggest employer in the Skeena/North Coast area…however all of the activity in Kitimat at the moment is due to that smelters modernization, which has been on going for a few years now and will be coming to close very soon. When that is over, all the workers will be going home and the work camps will be coming down. On top of that, Alcan will drop its employment from 1500 before modernization, to about 1000 afterward (due to modernization) which means they will have to shed some operational jobs, which are MUCH more damaging to that community than losing these 2000 construction workers that have been flooding in.
The port was operational long before the price jump so you cant say that has anything to do with it. These high prices are not a result of development or prosperity like in kitimat.[/quote]
The price jumps in Kitimat are directly due to a squeeze in the housing market due to the flood of construction workers relating to Alcan modernization (something that is ending soon) and proposed announcements relating to Northern Gateway, the oil refinery and their 3 LNG projects (none of which have made investment commitments). Also Alcan has been around for years in that community…things started jumping there when construction began on modernizing it.
Kitimat has as many projects proposed as rupert if not more and if i recall correctly they are closer to realization than the ones in rupert. [/quote]
Actually you are wrong again. Kitimat doesn’t even have half the number of proposed projects as Prince Rupert:
KITIMAT & AREA ON-GOING/PROPOSED PROJECTS:
Alcan Modernization Project (on-going)
Kitimat Clean Oil Refinery (proposed)
Northern Gateway Pipeline Terminal (proposed)
Kitimat LNG (proposed)
LNG Canada (proposed)
Douglas Channel Energy LNG (proposed)
PRINCE RUPERT & AREA ON-GOING/PROPOSED PROJECTS:
Ridley Terminals Expansion (on-going)
Ridley Island Road/Rail/Utility Project (on-going)
Fairview Container Terminal Expansion (on-going)
Pacific Northwest LNG (proposed)
Prince Rupert LNG (proposed)
Aurora LNG (proposed)
Triton LNG (proposed)
Woodside LNG (proposed)
Watson Island LNG (proposed)
Tuck Inlet LNG (proposed)
AltaGas LPG Export Terminal (proposed)
Canpotex Potash Export Terminal (proposed)
Pacific Future Energy Oil Refinery (proposed)
Furthermore, the Pacific Northwest LNG terminal is widely considered to be the closest to a investment decision (this year) out of all proposals for the province (including the ones in Kitimat) —> “Petronas’ project is seen as the most advanced on the West Coast and the company and its partners expect to make a final investment decision by the end of 2014, with a start date of 2019.” business.financialpost.com/2014/ … =edcd-2072
You can sing the praises for Kitimat all you want (and hey, they have just as much reason to be hopeful and optimistic as Prince Rupert), but everything happening there is because of proposed industrial projects and because of the on-going Alcan modernization construction boom. Take away the modernization project and Kitimat is basically in the same situation as Prince Rupert, but with less proposed projects and a loss of 300-500 operation jobs at Alcan.
As for Terrace, well they are just feeding off the industry of Kitimat and to a lesser extent Prince Rupert. Terrace is a service/retail centre…very little industry there. Without Kitimat or PR on either side, Terrace would literally have very little…the same can not be said for PR or Kitimat if Terrace was removed from the equation.