Bear Head LNG Corp. and Bear Head LNG (USA) LLC, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (LNG Ltd), have filed an application with the US Department of Energy (DOE). The application requests authorisation to export up to 440 billion ft3/yr of US natural gas to Canada, and up to 8 million tpy of LNG from Canada to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Non-FTA nations.
This DOE application is in addition to a recent DOE filing to import Canadian gas and re-export it back to Canada. It also replaces the application submitted to the DOE on 9 December 2014.
Once the two applications are approved, Bear Head will have access to vast North American natural gas supplies, including Western Canada, and the Appalachian, Gulf of Mexico, and Rocky Mountain regions of the US. This will provide the LNG project with broad supply diversity and optionality.
John Godbold, Bear Head LNG’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Project Director, said: “Our goal has been, and continues to be, to achieve a solution that bridges the North American Free Trade Agreement, US Natural Gas Act, and US Natural Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We have conducted considerable additional studies and analysis in order to comply with such a framework and satisfy all of the related regulatory requirements.”
Bear Head LNG has also requested authorisation from Canada’s National Energy Board to export up to 8 million tpy of LNG in 2019 with an expansion to 12 million tpy in 2024. Since Bear Head LNG has only requested the export of 8 million tpy from the US, at least 4 million tpy would need to be provided by Canadian sources if Bear Head LNG is to reach the 12 million tpy target. Potential Canadian sources include Western and Central Canada, onshore in the Maritimes provinces, and offshore Nova Scotia.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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