The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has given a permit to construct to MapleLNG, a receiving terminal project in Goldboro, Nova Scotia being sponsored by 4Gas and Suntera. With the permit in hand, MapleLNG will be able to move into the next phase of development which means construction. The company was given a favorable environmental report with a few conditions that need to be addressed. MapleLNG officials said those conditions will be taken care of in several weeks. The MapleLNG terminal was bought by 4Gas and Suntera from Keltic Petrochemicals in March 2006. The project is a strategic move by the partners who have an eye on the lucrative northeastern U.S. market. The demand for gas is growing and most LNG projects in the eastern U.S. are facing a blizzard of opposition that ranges from the halls of Congress to street front protests. If all goes according to plans, the terminal could be operational by 2011. The terminal will be located next to the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline intake station at the Sable Offshore Energy Gas Plant in Goldboro. Some other quick facts: ships up to 250,000 cubic meters will be able to dock there; the facility will have three LNG storage tanks of 160,000 cubic meters with the space to expand that number to six and a capacity to process 1 billion cubic feet per day with the ability to expand to 2 Bcf/d. So far, there has been very little opposition to the MapleLNG terminal. The project is one of several 4Gas is involved in around the world: Vista del Sol near Corpus Christi, Texas; Dragon LNG in Milford Haven, Wales; LionGas project in Rotterdam; Pegaz LNG near Bordeaux, France; a project in Indonesia and the Mashal LNG project near Karachi, Pakistan. –John A. Sullivan, News Editor, Oil and Gas Investor, www.OilandGasInvestor.com, jsullivan@hartenergy.com