LNG Canada looks for new lead contractor on $40-billion proposal for Kitimat

A model at the LNG Canada offices in Kitimat, B.C., shows the proposed liquified natural gas liquification plant and marine terminal, June 26, 2014. The Rio Tinto Alcan smelter is in the background .Robin Rowland
/ Vancouver SunThe consortium proposing a $40 billion liquefied natural gas development at Kitimat is calling for bids to find a new lead construction contractor looking to shore up costs while the project is under an indefinite delay.Shell-led LNG Canada initially awarded the contract in 2014 to a consortium of engineering firms under the name CFSW LNG Constructors, but this week, in a statement, said it “is now undertaking a new competitive process” to pick its lead construction contractor.“In the current industry and market context, cost competitiveness and affordability of the lNG Canada project remain a challenge,” said Susannah Pierce, LNG Canada’s director of external relations in an emailed statement.LNG Canada, which is a consortium …