HALIFAX: The company behind a proposed natural gas project celebrated another milestone.

On March 20, Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNGL) announced Transport Canada has completed its review of Bear Head LNG Corporation Inc.’s TERMPOL report.

A release from LNGL described the TERMPOL review process as “a technical review of marine terminal systems and transshipment sites. It is a voluntary review of the proposed shipping route and marine terminal, but mandated under the separate environmental assessment process, and identifies navigational and marine transportation-related recommendations to support a safe shipping environment.”

Paul MacLean, strategic and regulatory affairs advisor for Bear Head LNG, said this review is an important step for the project, calling it a culmination of a two-year process.

“The report has been posted to the Transport Canada Web site,” said McLean. “Really, what it does is make recommendations for the Bear Head LNG Terminal on the safe operation of the marine aspects of the terminal, as well as rules for navigation and so on. This is really a big achievement for the Bear Head LNG team.”

The company is looking to develop a 327 acre site into an LNG export terminal designed with an expected total production capacity of up to 8 million tonnes per year of gas.

LNGL is also behind the Bear Paw Pipeline project, which is a proposed 62.5 kilometre natural gas pipeline from Goldboro to the proposed Bear Head site near Point Tupper.

“We’re focused on securing a natural gas supply for the facility,” he said. “Really, all of the major permits are in place for both Bear Paw Pipeline, as well as for Bear Head LNG.”