Proposed $ 10B Liquefied Natural Gas Project in Guysborough County Goes Forward

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A proposed $ 10 billion liquefied natural gas project for Guysborough County is moving slowly, despite opposition from an international group of environmentalists.This week, Pieridae Energy said it expects to have a detailed design and costs for the Goldboro LNG plant by next spring, and it has awarded a contract to Calgary’s Black Diamond Group for the construction. of a camp that would house up to 5,000 workers who will build the Goldboro LNG plant, if it goes ahead.

This agreement includes the hiring of Mi’kmaw companies in Nova Scotia to provide catering and cleaning services at the camp.

However, also this week, a gathering of international environmental groups called on the German government to withdraw a loan guarantee supporting the plant.

Ken Summers, of the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition, said the proposal should be dropped because LNG plants are notoriously big polluters.

Ken Summers, of the Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition, said the proposal should be dropped. (The Canadian Press / Andrew Vaughan)

“If this project were to proceed, Nova Scotia’s greenhouse gas emissions targets would be exceeded,” he said.

Nova Scotia’s emissions targets have been met since they were first set a decade ago, Summers said, but an LNG plant would offset any increase in greenhouse gas emissions .

“If this project were to go live, we would increase them considerably,” he said.

The province’s cap-and-trade system allows large emitters to acquire emission capacity from other companies that fall short of their targets, but Summers said he didn’t know how an LNG plant would fit in with Nova Scotia’s plans.

“There is no compensation available for a company the size of Pieridae, as a new issuer,” he said. “It’s just not possible.

Pieridae Energy has awarded a contract to Black Diamond Group and Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq to build a $ 720 million labor camp ahead of its planned LNG plant in Guysborough. (Pieridae Energy)

“I don’t know what the government has in mind. It’s a mystery to those of us who watch it closely. ”

Summers also said Pieridae should use gas acquired through hydraulic fracturing – or hydraulic fracturing – in order to meet its supply needs.

James Millar, Pieridae’s director of external relations, said that was not true. In fact, he said, a provision in the German loan guarantee prohibits the use of fractured gas.

Millar said Pieridae’s biggest customer was Uniper, a German company seeking a 20-year supply of natural gas to alleviate reliance on supply from Russia.

“The German government has been a great partner from the start,” he said.

Millar said Pieridae is still in negotiations with the province to meet potential emissions targets under Nova Scotia’s cap-and-trade system.

“It can be something like a partnership with Nova Scotia Power… pulling out their coal fleet and then there’s more room for other companies,” he said.

Environment Minister Gordon Wilson said making room for a large emitter such as an LNG plant would make meeting emission reduction targets “difficult”, but greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse overall decrease.

“It’s a moving goal, but we will always look at opportunities to reduce and maintain those goals,” he said.

Environment Minister Gordon Wilson has said that overall, greenhouse gas emissions are declining in Nova Scotia. (CBC)

Millar also said that a recent deal signed with engineering firm Bechtel Corp will provide Pieridae with a detailed design and costing next spring, the final piece of the puzzle needed to make the final decision to invest in the project.

He said Pieridae signed a benefits agreement with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia that will mean the inclusion of Indigenous workers and businesses during the construction of the plant.

Membertou First Nation Chief Terry Paul said the Mi’kmaq welcome the development of LNG.

There are still concerns about potential environmental impacts, he said, but the Assembly of Mi’kmaw Chiefs of Nova Scotia has long been working on a deal with the Pieridae.

“Discussions on this have been going on for a number of years and many of the concerns of chiefs and communities have been alleviated, so we hope to have a good relationship with them,” said Paul.

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