The announcement by Shell that it will build the first eastern Canada Liquefied Natural Gas Plant, locating the facility in Sarnia-Lambton, serves to underscore the area's position as a major energy hub.
That from Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, who says the area's "wealth of highly skilled tradesmen, as well as knowledgeable and experienced professionals" is at the heart of Shell's vote of confidence.
Shell's Sarnia announcement, made in tandem with the company's decision to build another plant in Louisiana, will mean the production in each facility of 250,000 tonnes of LNG per year.
As a fuel for trucks, trains and ships, LNG is said to offer a 30% savings over diesel fuel while at the same time offering environmental benefits.
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.
Bailey said he is on the record as ensuring that the process is as smooth as possible.
“I look forward to working with Shell as they navigate their way through the government regulatory and environmental approvals process," he said.