Canaport LNG Terminal

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Canaport LNG Terminal is an LNG terminal in New Brunswick, Canada.


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Project Details

  • Owner: Repsol (75%), Irving Oil (25%)
  • Location: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Coordinates: 45.2114, -65.978 (exact)
  • Capacity: 7.5 mtpa[1]
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: 2009

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


Canaport LNG Terminal is an LNG terminal in New Brunswick, Canada.[2]

The Canaport LNG terminal is a liquified natural gas (LNG) receiving and regasification terminal located adjacent and immediately east of the Canaport crude receiving terminal. Commissioned in 2008, it is Canada's first LNG terminal and the first LNG terminal built in eastern North America in 30 years. It is capable of receiving the largest LNG tankers in the world.[3]

Canaport LNG has a nominal capacity of handling 1,200,000,000 cu ft (34,000,000 m3) of LNG per day, enough to heat 5 million homes. Regasified LNG from the Canaport LNG terminal is capable of supplying 20% of the natural gas demand in the northeastern United States and Canada.[3]

In 2001 Irving Oil applied for a permit to add liquified natural gas (LNG) to its Canaport deep-water crude receiving terminal. The permit was granted in April 2004 and Irving Oil entered into a partnership with Repsol S.A. to develop what is now called Canaport LNG; Irving Oil owns 25% of Canaport LNG while Repsol S.A. owns 75%. Construction of the LNG terminal started in September 2005 and the facility was commissioned in 2008 and received its first shipment of LNG in June 2009.[3]

Canaport LNG consists of the following infrastructure:[4]

  • A pier, consisting of a terminal jetty constructed from 16 marine support jackets, 12 roadway and pipe support trestle sections, an LNG receiving platform, 10 mooring hooks, four berthing fenders, an access gangway and eight catwalk structures. Total structural steel weight is 7,500 t (8,300 short tons). Approximately 2,000 m3 (71,000 cu ft) of concrete form the road and platform deck.
  • Three (3) insulated storage tanks on shore.
  • A regasification facility using submerged combustion vaporizers to convert LNG into natural gas by warming it.

The construction of the Canaport LNG was coincident with construction of the Brunswick Pipeline which transports the natural gas from Canaport LNG to markets.[4]

Cancelled Conversion Plans

There had been plans to convert the import LNG terminal into an export terminal, but in 2016 Repsol announced that the plans had been cancelled due to lack of investors.[5]

Articles and resources


  1. 2019 World Gas Report International Gas Union, accessed August 2019
  2. Canaport LNG Terminal, GEO, accessed April 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Press release June 18, 2009: Canaport LNG Terminal To Begin First Phase of Operations". Canaport LNG. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Projects: Canaport LNG Terminal - Saint John, NB". Kiewit Corporation. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
  5. Robert Jones,Repsol scraps plans to convert Canaport LNG to export gas CBC, Mar 16, 2016

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