Downeast LNG Terminal

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Downeast LNG Terminal is a cancelled LNG terminal in Maine, United States.


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Project Details

  • Owner: Downeast LNG
  • Parent: Kestrel Energy
  • Location: Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine, United States
  • Coordinates: 45.083333, -67.083333 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 3 mtpa, 0.43 bcfd
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Type: Import/Export
  • Start Year: Not applicable

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


Downeast LNG Terminal was a proposed LNG terminal in Maine, United States. Originally proposed and approved as an import project,the project later submitted a new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filing in July 2014 as a bi-directional (import/export) project. [1] However, in August of 2016, FERC rejected Downeast LNG's application after years of delays and hold-ups. FERC cited "no significant recent progress toward the development of hte bi-directional import/export project application or in stakeholder engagement."[2] The dismissal was made after Downeast LNG listed the project for sale in May of 2016, which led opponents to believe the project was no longer financially feasible. [3]


Opposition to the Downeast LNG terminal came from both US and Canadian sources. After community opposition, the town of St. Andrews, Canada and the government of Canada opposed the project. St. Andrews Mayor Stand Choptiany sent a letter to FERC in disapproval, and the government of Canada said they would not allow LNG tankers through Head Harbour Passage, which would be necessary for the terminal's operation. [4] Save Passamoquoddy Bay, a 3 nation alliance (US, Canada, and Passamaquoddy) filed documents with FERC questioning the need for LNG terminals, site suitability, and more prior to the project's dismissal by FERC. [5]

Articles and resources


  1. Downeast LNG, Downeast LNG, accessed June 2017
  2. Marcellus Drilling News, FERC Rejects Application for Maine Downeast LNG Export Facility, accessed June 2017
  3. Jericho Knopp, CBC News, Downeast LNG terminal proposal in Maine dismissed, 18 August 2016
  4. Derwin Gowan, Bangor Daily News, LNG company president unbowed by Canadian opposition to proposed plant in Robbinston, 11 January 2013
  5. Save Passamaquoddy Bay, Order Dismissing Docket and Terminating Proceedings, 17 August 2016

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