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The Halifax Gateway is the conduit for the movement of goods and people associated with the diversified energy sector in Atlantic Canada. 

According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), energy projects account for $57 billion, or 47% of our region’s major project activity. 

The Gateway moves and stores:

  • biomass
  • windmill parts
  • tidal turbines
  • hydro-electric equipment
  • transmission tower

The gateway we also act as the major supply base for energy giants such as Shell and BP.

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  • Oil & Gas

    Atlantic Canada has one of North America’s fastest growing offshore oil and gas sectors. It is estimated there are about 120 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and eight billion barrels of oil offshore in Nova Scotia. As such, companies are investing in petroleum geology research, oil prospecting and drilling, oil and gas development, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities.

    Projects like the 014B Hebron Oil project in Newfoundland and Labrador are big, as are three LNG facilities proposed for Nova Scotia:

    • the 08.3B Pieridae Energy project
    • the 03B H-Energy LNG plant
    • and the 02B Bear Head export terminal

    The LNG terminals plan to source gas internationally and locally from Encana’s Deep Panuke and ExxonMobil’s Sable Offshore Energy projects.

    Nova Scotia is also seeing an exploration boom. Shell and BP are spending 01B each on offshore projects. Both companies have completed 3D seismic surveying and drilling targets are being identified.

    Shell and BP seismic programs employ hundreds of people in key logistics, environmental assessment, and support roles.

    Other local companies involved include:

    • Atlantic Towing Inc.
    • Cougar Helicopters
    • Mathers Logistics
    • Secunda Marine
    • Superport Marine Services
    • Survival Systems Training Ltd.

    Oil & Gas Projects:

    • Shell Offshore Parcels: Shelburne Basin
    • BP Offshore Parcels: Scotian Basin
    • Exxon Mobil's Sable Offshore Platform: Thebaud Central Processing Facility
    • Deep Panuke Offshore Platform
    • Newfoundland Offshore Oil Projects: Hebron Oil, White Rose, Others
    • Bear Head, owned by LNGN Limited, proposed facility: Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
    • H-Energy's proposed LNG Facility: Melford, Nova Scotia
    • Pieridae Energy's proposed LNG Facility: Goldboro, Nova Scotia

    View Oil & Gas projects on the Energy map »

  • Renewables

    Renewable energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to a more modern, efficient, and reliable electricity system.

    These renewables will come from:

    • wind
    • hydro
    • tidal energy
    • Nova Scotia’s target is to secure 40% of its electricity from renewables by 2020. The Port of Sheet Harbour and Richmond Terminals are capable of handling and transloading over sized components.

  • Wind

    With wind technologies advancing and costs decreasing, an increased number of turbines are being erected throughout the region. Larger scale wind farms involve a 0400 million investment with contract opportunities in the 0100 million range.

    From importing the giant blades from EU, to trucking windmill components to rural sites, the Halifax Gateway has been instru- mental in ensuring that key components for the construction of wind farms have gotten to where they need to be. To date, Nova Scotia has erected 181 turbines. Together, these turbines are capable of generating 315 megawatts of electricity, that’s just over 11% of the province’s total power generation. A total of 500 megawatts is planned by 2020.

    Wind Projects

    • Glen Dhu Wind Farm
    • Dalhousie Mountain
    • Nuttby Mountain Wind Farms
    • Digby Neck Wind Farm
    • other Existing facilities

    View Wind projects on the Energy map »

  • Hydro

    The hydroelectric potential of Muskrat Falls on the Lower Churchill River in Labrador is one of the most significant energy projects in North America. Nalcor and Emera are partnering on the 07B project which includes an 824 MW generating facility at Muskrat Falls, a transmission line from Labrador to the island of Newfoundland, and a further transmission link from the island to Nova Scotia. Its name—The Maritime Link.

    The 01.6B Maritime Link is a 170km subsea transmission cable and will give Nova Scotia access to power from the Muskrat Falls Hydro Project. With our multi-modal transportation system, we have been instrumental in moving key contractors, major supplies into the project site. As well, the Halifax Logistics Park is the location to provide transloading of equipment and supplies. Construction is underway with more than 0100 million in contracts issued to date. Power is scheduled to flow by 2017.

    Hydro Projects

    • Muskrat Falls Hydro Generating Facility
    • Maritime Link Subsea Transmission Cable
    • other existing facilities

    View Hydro projects on the Energy map »

  • Tidal

    The Bay of Fundy tides on Nova Scotia’s north shore are the highest in the world. Its 10-metre tidal range presents an immense tidal power opportunity. The electricity that could be generated from the tidal flow in the Bay of Fundy is enough to power one million homes. The province’s goal is to produce 300 megawatts of tidal power by 2020.

    The region`s Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) is Canada’s leading research centre for in-stream tidal energy.

    Four developers are testing their innovative in-stream tidal turbines at FORCE:

    • OpenHydro
    • Black Rock Tidal Power
    • Atlantis Resources
    • Minas Energy

    With a sub-sea cable successfully deployed, the first turbines are expected to be in place in 2015.

    Many of the large turbines and parts needed for tidal energy development at FORCE are being shipped into the Port of Halifax or manufactured locally by Cherubini Metal Works—located in the Halifax Logistics Park—and Irving Shipbuilding and Marine Services.

    Tidal Projects

    • Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy
    • Fundy Tidal Inc.

    View Tidal projects on the Energy map »

  • Biomass

    Biomass refers to energy resources derived from organic matter, including:

    • wood
    • wood waste
    • agricultural waste
    • other living- cell material that can be burned to produce heat, electricity and liquid fuels.

    Wood pellet biomass is one of the fastest growing sources of re- newable energy and a more popular alternative to coal, especially for power generation in Europe and Southeast Asia. Scotia Atlantic Biomass Ltd., a subsidiary of Viridis Energy, produces up to 120,000 tonnes industrial wood pellets per year.

    Halifax Grain Elevator Ltd. provides the company with storage for over 50,000 tonnes of industrial grade wood pellets before Scotia Atlantic Biomass ships them to Europe via the Port of Halifax. The dedicated storage facility allows Scotia Atlantic Biomass to consolidate volume before exporting, resulting in significant savings on shipping and maximizing the opportunities presented by the Canada and the European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

    Biomass Projects

    • Scotia Atlantic Biomass Ltd.

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  • Biofuel

    New U.S. regulations require a percentage of fuel to come from renewable sources, obliging large diesel companies to pay a pre- mium for biodiesel. The outcome is a ramping up of biofuel activity in Halifax.

    Biofuel Weiss Inc. is building a modern, continuous flow biodiesel production facility in Mt. Uniacke, outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The facility will use used cooking oil imported from across Canada as feedstock. The entire production, approximately 7 million gallons per year of biodiesel, will be exported to the German market.

    Halifax start-up CelluFuel Inc. is also getting into the biofuel business with plans to refine woody biomass into low-emission diesel fuel. Currently, the company is building a 05M, 1.5 million litre biodiesel demonstration-scale plant at ReNova, the former Bowater Mersey Mill in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. With anticipated test-site success, CelluFuel plans to develop a 035M commercial operation requiring 80,000 green tonnes of fibre annually and producing 20 million litres of fuel which is being exported out of the Port of Halifax destined for international markets.

    Biofuel Projects

    • Biofuel Weiss
    • CelluFuel Biodeisel Plant

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For more information, please contact:

Halifax Gateway Council
1969 Upper Water Street
Purdy’s Tower 2 • Suite 2101
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada B3J 3R7


Nancy Phillips
Executive Director


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