FE calls for comments on Bear Head LNG export application

The Office of Fossil Energy of the Department of Energy has given notice of receipt of an application by Bear Head LNG, a unit of LNG Limited, requesting long-term, multi-contract authorization to export domestically produced natural gas.

Bear Head LNG requests to export the natural gas by pipeline to Canada at the United States-Canada border on the Maritimes & Northeast pipeline in a volume of 440 billion cubic feet per year, or approximately 1.2 Bcf per day. It is also requesting to use approximately 42.4 Bcf/yr of the U.S.-sourced natural gas as feedstock in a Canadian natural gas liquefaction and export facility currently being developed by Bear Head within the Point Tupper/Bear Head Industrial Park near the town of Port Hawksbury, on the Straight of Canso, Nova Scotia, and to export a portion of the U.S.-sourced natural gas in the form of LNG in a volume equivalent to approximately 397.6 Bcf/yr of natural gas to countries with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement.

FE informed that only the proposed export of LNG produced from U.S-sourced natural gas to non-FTA countries is subject to its notice.

The notice reveals that Bear Head stated that its proposed Project and LNG exports will not involve the construction of any facilities in the United States giving rise to cognizable effects under the National Environmental Policy Act, but may require modification and expansion of the M&N Pipeline system, which Bear Head LNG expects will interconnect with the project’s proposed pipeline header near Goldboro, Nova Scotia, for the delivery of natural gas feedstock to the project.

The Office of Fossil Energy of the Department of Energy has invited comments on the notice setting the final date for comments submission on June 15, 2015.

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LNG World News Staff; Image: LNG Limited

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