Four global energy firms led by Shell Canada say they are going to develop a liquefied natural gas plant at Kitimat in a project described Tuesday by Energy Minister Rich Coleman as probably the largest single investment in B.C. history.

Shell Canada president Lorraine Mitchelmore made the announcement in Vancouver Tuesday, saying that the four partners intend to build a plant capable of exporting 12 million tonnes of LNG a year.

The Shell-led project, still in its preliminary stages, is the largest yet in a rush to develop LNG terminals in B.C. that Coleman said are expected to add $1 billion a year to government coffers and create 9,000 jobs during construction…

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