An Atlantic Canada utility has challenged the plan by Repsol SA to convert its New Brunswick arm, Saint John LNG Development Co. (SJLNG), from an import site into an export terminal for energy-starved Europe.

Nova Scotia gas distributor Eastward Energy Inc. has urged the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) to require an east coast market review before granting SJLNG a six-year export license extension to design, win approval and build the proposed conversion.

Last year, Repsol became the sole owner of the Canaport liquefied natural import terminal at Saint John in New Brunswick. The facility then was renamed Saint John LNG.

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