Developers work on FERC approval for Georgia LNG project

The developers of the proposed Elba Liquefaction Project in Georgia on Sept. 16 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a heavily revised and redacted version of a resource report on the project.

This new facility will be developed at an existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on Elba Island in Chatham County, Georgia, approximately 8.5 miles upstream from the mouth of the Savannah River, and about 5 miles downstream of Savannah, Georgia. The project site ias within the footprint of the existing terminal.

Elba Liquefaction Co. LLC (ELC) and Southern LNG Co. LLC (SLNG) are proposing, under a March application, to add these natural gas liquefaction and exporting capabilities under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA).

The Elba Liquefaction Project facilities would permit gas to be received by pipeline from the Twin 30s Pipeline, treated, liquefied, sent to the terminal’s storage tanks, and then loaded from the storage tanks onto LNG carriers berthed at the existing marine facility.

The liquefaction capacity is proposed to be installed in two phases.

  • Phase I will include installation of six three Moveable Modular Liquefaction System (MMLS) units that will add liquefaction capacity of approximately 0.75 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).
  • Phase II will include up to an additional seven MMLS units.

When completed, the Elba Liquefaction Project will be capable of producing about 2.5 MTPA of LNG product. The Elba Liquefaction Project will be designed to allow the terminal to be capable of providing bidirectional service.

Upon receipt of all necessary permits and approvals, Phases I and II will be put into service in 2017, the resource report said.

ELC will own the MMLS and balance of plant (BoP). SLNG will own the terminal. SLNG will operate all these facilities on Elba Island. The Front End Engineering Design (FEED) work has been performed by Chicago Bridge & Iron. An Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor has not been selected at the time of this application submittal.

The existing terminal currently imports LNG for storage and re-vaporization using two berths, five LNG storage tanks, vaporization, send-out facilities, and associated infrastructure. The terminal’s current storage capacity is 11.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf), with 1,755 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscfd) of peak vaporization and send out capacity. The terminal is directly connected to three interstate pipelines, indirectly connected to two others, and thus is readily accessible from the southeast and mid -Atlantic supply areas. The terminal was placed in service in 1978, maintained in standby mode from 1982 through 2000, and reactivated in 2001.

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