FERC to issue final enviro review on Lake Charles LNG project in August

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 26 laid out the environmental review schedule for a combination gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Louisiana.

In March 2014, Trunkline Gas Co. LLC  filed an application to: construct, install, and operate certain natural gas pipeline and compression facilities; remediate certain existing pipeline facilities; (modify certain compressor and meter stations; and abandon one compressor unit.

On the same day, Trunkline LNG Export LLC and Trunkline LNG Co. LLC jointly filed an application for authorization to: site, construct, and operate new liquefaction facilities adjacent to Trunkline LNG’s existing LNG terminal in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana; and construct and operate certain facility modifications at the terminal (Liquefaction Project).

Also in March 2014, Trunkline LNG filed an application requesting authorization pursuant to: abandon certain terminal facilities previously certificated; abandon services provided under Trunkline LNG’s FERC Gas Tariff and its certificates of public convenience and necessity; cancel Trunkline LNG’s FERC Gas Tariff, including all rate schedules therein; and convert such certificated facilities and operation so that the entirety of Trunkline LNG’s facilities and operations are authorized solely under Natural Gas Act section 3.

The proposed projects, collectively referred to as the Lake Charles Liquefaction Project, would increase the capacity of the existing pipeline system to deliver the required volume of natural gas to the proposed liquefaction facility, provide bi-directional flow of gas along portions of Trunkline Gas’ system, increase access to new natural gas supplies, and add liquefaction capabilities to export up to 16.45 million metric tons per year of LNG from the terminal.

The Jan. 26 notice identifies the FERC staff’s planned schedule for completion of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Lake Charles Liquefaction Project. A notice of availability of the final EIS is due on Aug. 14, with a 90-day federal authorization decision deadline of Nov. 12. If a schedule change becomes necessary, an additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are kept informed of the Lake Charles Liquefaction Project’s progress.

Trunkline Export and Trunkline LNG’s proposed facilities include: a new liquefaction facility consisting of three liquefaction trains, each with a natural gas pretreatment system, and other appurtenant underground and aboveground facilities; and modifications of the existing terminal, including equipment modifications to facilitate the storage and export of LNG, expansion and integration of existing systems, and construction of temporary construction docks. These facilities would be located in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.

Trunkline Gas’ proposed facilities consist of: about 11.4 miles of 42-inch-diameter pipeline that would connect Trunkline Gas’ 300 Mainline system and 200 Mainline system pipelines; about 6.5 miles of 24-inch-diameter loop pipeline extending from mainline valve 205 to mainline valve 204A; 119,075 horsepower (HP) of compression; five new meter stations; modifications at four existing compressor stations and five existing meter stations; abandonment of one 3,000 HP compression unit; and remediation of certain existing pipeline facilities. These activities would take place within the states of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.