The Bear Head LNG site at Point Tupper, Nova Scotia, was fully permitted by Canadian federal, provincial, and local agencies in 2004. This included a comprehensive environmental assessment and mitigation measures.
In 2014, Bear Head LNG Corp. began the process of modifying and updating these approvals to reflect the decision to develop the facility as a liquefaction and export facility rather than as an import terminal. At the same time applications were filed with the Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) and with the U.S. Department of Energy seeking authorization to export LNG produced from natural gas originating in either Canada or the U.S.
In August 2015, Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) granted Bear Head LNG Corporation and Bear Head LNG (USA), LLC (Collectively, Bear Head LNG) authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Bear Head LNG's project site on the Strait of Canso in Nova Scotia. The NEB Licensing decision approved Bear Head LNG’s application for authority to export up to 8 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG from Canada starting in 2019 with expanded authority to increase production to 12 mtpa in 2024. The export license extends for a period of 25 years from the date of first LNG export.
Natural gas supply for LNG exports through Bear Head is expected to come from producers in the U.S. and Canada. Bear Head is pursuing permitting and development of a lateral pipeline to transport feed gas from an existing transmission line to the LNG facility.
The Bear Head LNG site is located at Point Tupper on the north bank of the Strait of Canso with direct access to the North Atlantic. The waterway is sheltered, remains ice free, and requires no dredging. It is served by established tug, pilot, and marine support operations.
The property is within the Point Tupper Heavy Industrial Park, situated near the town of Port Hawkesbury. The industrial park, provides accessibility to transportation infrastructure, road, rail and air utilities. The region supports skilled and available workforce. Other facilities in the industrial park include NuStar Terminals (petrochemical storage), ExxonMobil Canada (natural gas processing and fractionation plant), a coal-fired thermal electrical generation station operated by Nova Scotia Power Inc; and a paper mill operated by Port Hawkesbury Paper.