FERC plans enviro review of Louisiana LNG export project

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Calcasieu Pass Project, which involves construction and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities by Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LLC in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

The commission said in a Jan. 20 notice that it will use this EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity. The scoping period, where FERC will take input on what should be in the EIS, will close on Feb. 19.

Venture Global plans to construct and operate an LNG export facility adjacent to the Calcasieu Ship Channel. The facility would receive natural gas from North American sources and would liquefy and store it for export. When constructed, the project could process about 487.2 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/yr) of natural gas. The Calcasieu Pass project would consist of facilities that include:

  • ten liquefaction blocks;
  • two LNG storage tanks, each with approximately 200,000 cubic meter (m3) storage capacity;
  • two marine berthing docks, to accommodate LNG carriers ranging from 120,000 m3 to 185,000 m3 of carrying capacity;
  • a temporary floating LNG storage vessel berthed at one of the LNG berthing docks, which would be discontinued after the first permanent LNG storage tank becomes operational;
  • a gas-fired electric generation facility with generating capacity of approximately 600 MW that will be constructed to provide power for the project facilities;
  • two natural gas pipelines to connect to existing transmission pipelines, a 23.8-mile-long, 42-inch-diameter pipeline and a 42-inch-diameter, 18.5-mile-long pipeline; and
  • a Gas Gate Station to receive gas from the two lateral pipelines.
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