Cameron LNG LLC applied Feb. 24 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to initiate the commission’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) pre-filing review of Cameron LNG’s proposed liquefaction expansion facilities.
This expansion involves the addition of two liquefaction trains (Trains 4 and 5) and a fifth LNG tank (Tank 5). The Expansion Project will be located at the Cameron LNG terminal near Hackberry, Louisiana, and will add additional liquefaction capacity to Cameron LNG’s existing liquefaction project, which includes three liquefaction trains (Trains 1 to 3) and a fourth LNG tank (Tank 4). Cameron LNG is currently constructing Trains 1 to 3.
The Expansion Project will increase LNG production capacity from 14.95 million metric tons per annum (MTPA) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Trains 1 to 3 to approximately 24.92 MTPA from Trains 1 to 5. The Expansion Project facilities will be located on land within the existing Cameron LNG terminal site.
Cameron LNG said it proposes to file its formal application for the Expansion Project under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) in August 2015, approximately six months from the expected date of commencement of the pre-filing review process for the Expansion Project. In that application, Cameron LNG will request that the commission issue authorization for the siting, construction, and operation of the Expansion Project by no later than April 2016. Cameron LNG anticipates requesting authorization to begin construction in May 2016. Commencement of operations of the Expansion Project is expected to begin in 2019.
Natural gas will be delivered to the Expansion Project via existing interstate natural gas pipeline infrastructure or systems currently under review by the commission. At the Cameron LNG terminal site, the natural gas will be cooled into a liquid form and stored in full-containment LNG storage tanks. The Expansion Project will not require a change in the size or quantity of LNG ships currently authorized for the Cameron LNG Terminal.
Meetings to discuss specific aspects of the Expansion Project were held with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) on Jan. 29 and with the U.S. Coast Guard on Feb. 3. All of these agencies have indicated their willingness to participate in the pre-filing process, the company noted.
Cameron LNG has retained the services of the following environmental and engineering contractors and is currently initiating activities necessary to prepare the application and applicable resource reports:
- C-K and Associates – Air Permitting;
- Exponent – Hazard Analysis; and
- Foster Wheeler USA Corp. – LNG Facility Engineering.
A single point of contact has been established for the Expansion Project: JD Morris, Director, Permitting & Compliance, 2925 Briarpark Drive, Suite 900, Houston, TX 77042, (713) 298-5479, email@example.com.