Decision on Goldboro LNG project delayed due to market conditions, coronavirus

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The company planning to build a $10-billion LNG export facility in Nova Scotia says it will delay making an investment decision because of depressed global commodity markets and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last July, Pieridae Energy Ltd. announced it would delay until Sept 30, 2020, a decision on proceeding with the Goldboro LNG project.

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Pieridae now says it is in negotiations with Germany’s largest utility, Uniper, to extend the investment decision deadline to June 2021.

It has a 20-year agreement with Uniper for half of Goldboro’s production of about 10 million tonnes of super-cooled liquefied natural gas per year.

The Calgary-based company reported a net loss attributable to equity holders of $25.9 million or 18 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with a net loss of $8.8 million or 17 cents in the same period of 2018.

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