OPINION AND ORDER GRANTING LONG-TERM, MULTI-CONTRACT AUTHORIZATION TO EXPORT U.S.-SOURCED NATURAL GAS BY PIPELINE TO CANADA FOR LIQUEFACTION AND RE-EXPORT IN THE FORM OF LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS TO NON-FREE TRADE AGREEMENT COUNTRIES
On February 5, 2016, the Energy Department issued an authorization to Bear Head LNG Corporation and Bear Head LNG (USA), LLC (collectively, Bear Head LNG) to export U.S.-sourced natural to Canada for liquefaction and re-export in the form of LNG to any country with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement requiring the national treatment for trade in natural gas (non-FTA countries). The authorization is for a volume up to the equivalent of 296 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per year of natural gas (0.81 Bcf per day), using the capacity of the Maritimes and Northeast US Pipeline, in service as of the date of the authorization. The authorized re-export of LNG is from the proposed Bear Head Project, to be located near the town of Port Hawkesbury, on the Strait of Canso, in Richmond County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. This authorization is for a term of 20 years to commence from the date of first commercial re-export.
Specific details can be found in the order.