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Saint John LNG files export application

LNG Industry,

Saint John LNG Development Company Ltd has filed an application with Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) for a licence to export LNG and a licence to import natural gas, each for a period of 25 years.

The licences are for the company’s proposed LNG liquefaction project in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. The licences require authorisation for:

  1. The import of natural gas from the US to Eastern Canada.
  2. The export of LNG from Eastern Canada to international markets.

Import licence

The quantity of natural gas that may be imported in any 12-month period will not exceed 7.70 billion m3, or 271.97 billion ft3 (with an annual tolerance of 15%). The point of import of natural gas into Canada will be the point at which the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline crosses the Canada-US border near St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

Export licence

The term of the export licence is 25 years, starting from the date of first export of LNG under the licence. Saint John LNG Development is seeking to export no more than 5 million metric tpy of LNG, or 7.06 billion m3/yr, with an annual tolerance of 15%. The LNG will be exported from the outlet of the loading arm of the proposed LNG liquefaction project facility in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Canaport LNG

The company, which is a subsidiary of Spanish energy giant Repsol, plans to convert the currently under-utilised Canaport import facility in Saint John into an export facility. The LNG regasification facility commenced operations in 2009, and currently operates with a maximum sendout capacity of 1.2 billion ft3/d.

New facilities

The proposed liquefaction project will use the existing marine jetty and pier; cryogenic piping and three LNG storage tank; and infrastructure and utilities that support the safe operation of the regasification terminal, including fire protection systems, flare system, water supply and wastewater treatment.

New assets at the facility will include a barge landing facility; natural gas liquefaction infrastructure; LNG truck loading facilities; and other associated utilities and infrastructure.

Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward

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