Goldboro LNG site prep gets ahead of nesting season

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH — Pieridae Energy will clear the site of its planned Goldboro LNG project from trees and scrub from February to April. Thom Dawson, president of the company’s LNG division, told The Journal that environmental permitting requires this work be done before the nesting period for birds begins.

“If we don’t do it in this window, it would roll into late fall after the birds are done there,” he said during an interview Tuesday. “It’s easier to get it done now then try to rush stuff later on.”

Some areas of the site have been cleared previously as part of geo-technical work.

With the early clearing of the site, it would be ready for work to begin in the upcoming construction season if the company makes its final investment decision in the coming months.

Dawson said the contract for site clearing has not been awarded yet, but Pieridae has been in discussions with local contractors who are able to do the work.

In terms of next steps for the project, Pieridae will bring various partners involved with Goldboro LNG together in Nova Scotia mid-February, including its major German customer, Uniper (formerly part of E. On). The agenda will include meetings in Halifax on the project’s progress and site visits to Goldboro.