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Bear Head LNG receives DOE authorisation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has granted Bear Head LNG Corp. and Bear Head LNG (USA) LLC authorisation to export up to 440 billion ft3 of natural gas to Canada, and up to 8 million tpy of LNG from Canada to free trade agreement (FTA) countries.

Bear Head LNG said that it anticipates a decision in the near future on its application for DOE authorisation to export LNG to non-FTA countries.

John Godbold, Bear Head Project Director, said that Bear Head LNG is the first proposed Canadian LNG export facility to be recognised by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as an ‘Approved’ Canadian LNG export project. In May 2015, Bear Head LNG Corp. obtained the last of the ten initial federal, provincial and local regulatory approvals needed to construct the facility located on the Strait of Canso in Nova Scotia.

Bear Head LNG Corp. has applied to Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) for authority to import natural gas from the US and export up to 8 million tpy of LNG in 2019 from Canada, with expanded authority to 12 million tpy in 2024. Bear Head LNG expects these authorisations in the near future.

Bear Head LNG Corp. has also applied to the DOE for authority to import for subsequent export up to 250 billion ft3/yr of Canadian natural gas by pipeline that is ‘in transit’ through the US, back into Canada for delivery to Bear Head LNG's proposed LNG export facility. This authorisation would allow a portion of the Bear Head LNG's natural gas requirements to come from sources in Western and Central Canada, enhancing commercial supply options.

Bear Head LNG President, Maurice Brand, commented:  "Great strides have been made in moving Bear Head LNG toward a final investment decision during 2016 as we continue to receive regulatory certainty for our facility. Over the next few months, we anticipate receiving our DOE approval to move Canadian gas through the US, the DOE non-FTA export approval and the NEB import and export approvals from Canada."

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