Nova Scotia’s Bear Head LNG Sees Surge of Interest

For the past few years, MDN has tracked the progress of an LNG export plant planned for the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, the Bear Head LNG project (see our Bear Head LNG stories here). Of all the Canadian LNG export projects, Bear Head seems to have the most momentum. The project has received most of the necessary permits it needs to proceed. In fact, an official from the project says it is “shovel-ready” and can begin at any time. However, they aren’t ready to begin quite yet. The reason we track the project is because the most probable source of natural gas to feed the plant would come from the Marcellus Shale via the Maritimes & Northeast pipeline, converted to be bidirectional (see FERC Approves Atlantic Bridge Project for New England/Canada). However, the recent uptick in interest in Bear Head is not coming from the Marcellus, but because another LNG project on Canada’s West Coast was canceled last week. That has gas producers in Western Canada expressing interesting in piping their gas cross-country to the Bear Head project…

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