New Brunswick could export liquefied natural gas to 'Europe.
The Higgs government believes Repsol could export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe from Saint John.
This, according to New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs, would allow countries like Germany to no longer depend on Russia for its natural gas supply.
The Canaport LNG terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick
I think Russia has basically put itself in a position where no one will really trust them to be part of a supply chain in the future without having a proper alternative and a reliable source, estimates Premier Blaine Higgs.
According to Premier Higgs, the construction of the facilities necessary for the export of liquefied gas could be done quite quickly, in two or three years for example.
This type of project should receive approval from Ottawa relatively easily, according to Blaine Higgs. In terms of clearance requirements at the location, it is already an industrial site, it has been cleared for an LNG import, so conversion to export is not a major thing in the EA sense, it's really a factory modification, he says.
Premier Blaine Higgs believes that the plan to export liquefied natural gas from Saint John is quite feasible.
As for natural gas supply, Blaine Higgs thinks Repsol could buy it either from the United States or Western Canada. It could come from Marcellus [a shale gas-rich region in the northeastern United States] or even [be delivered] through [the] Alberta pipeline system.
Finally, according to Prime Minister Higgs, facilities that would be used to export liquefied gas could one day be converted to export hydrogen.
This facility could be converted to hydrogen, to liquefied hydrogen, and that would allow us to set up on this land in the future, because they are compatible, the tanks could be a little different, but the systems are compatible, believes- he.
This is also the opinion expressed by the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, last week.
Knowing that we can invest in LNG infrastructure in the short term, which will then be useful for hydrogen in the medium and long term, means that we can meet both these short-term challenges and those long-term challenges. long term, said Justin Trudeau, during a visit to Nova Scotia on July 22.
During an announcement for funding for clean energy projects in Nova Scotia, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau addressed the issue of the export of liquefied natural gas.
< p class="e-p">The Repsol company, which owns the Saint-Jean terminal, which imports liquefied gas, did not grant us an interview. But via email, it is emphasized that the company will review all activities that enhance or create value at Saint John LNG, including the possibility of adding liquefaction capabilities to the existing facility.
The Liberal MNA for Bathurst-Ouest-Beresford, René Legacy, believes that the plan to export liquefied gas is generally positive.
If there is the possibility of doing economic development and creating jobs, it is good, he argues.
René Legacy, Liberal MP for Bathurst West-Beresford, would like more information on the liquefied gas export project.
However, he is worried about the supply of natural gas. The concern that I still have is if we think of reopening the file of hydraulic fracturing, we do not see much discussion on the ground to seek this social license.
René Legacy points out that the province has not provided information on this issue. And overall, the MP notes that there are still many details to be clarified in order to understand the full implications of a project of this magnitude.
The Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick, David Coon, believes that this type of project would, if carried out, increase the production of greenhouse gases. According to him, the project is unacceptable. The export of liquefied natural gas will increase the production of fossil fuels, he notes.
David Coon also notes that the construction of the necessary facilities to export the gas will take a few years, while the supply crisis currently exists.
David Coon, leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick, opposes the plan to export liquefied gas.
The crisis for the countries like Germany exists now, immediately, so it's not a solution for them. Building a liquefied natural gas terminal will be a long-term commitment, he worries.
David Coon thinks the provincial and federal governments are not not enough in the effort to develop renewable energies. Increasing the production of fossil fuels of all kinds is still a priority for the Prime Minister of Canada, for the Premier of New Brunswick, not the transition to a green economy.