FERC taking input on enviro review for LNG project in Jacksonville, Florida

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Jacksonville Project, which involves the construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production, storage, and export facility on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida.

The commission said in a Feb. 24 notice that it will use this EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether to authorize the project. The scoping period where FERC will take input on what should be covered in the EIS will close on March 26.

Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC proposes to construct, own and operate the Jacksonville LNG facility located within the City of Jacksonville, Florida, on industrially zoned land adjacent to the St. Johns River. The facility would receive domestically produced natural gas, transported through existing and expanded local utility pipelines, and utilize super-cooling to create LNG for temporary onsite storage.

The project would include three liquefaction trains, one (possibly two) LNG storage tanks, and a marine load-out facility and dock that could accommodate small to mid-size LNG vessels and bunkering barges. LNG would be periodically loaded for transport onto trucks, containers, or oceangoing vessels, and marketed for use in U.S. vehicular and high-horsepower engines, domestic ship fueling (marine bunkering), and international export. As currently planned, the project would consist of the following facilities:

  • three liquefaction trains, each with a capacity of 0.18 million tons per annum;
  • inlet natural gas boost compression;
  • interconnect piping (including potential non-jurisdictional expansion of existing public utility lines);
  • one 30,283 cubic meter single containment LNG storage tank;
  • an LNG vessel docking and loading terminal;
  • an LNG truck loading area;
  • flare stack; and
  • power, water, and communications facilities (including off-site non-jurisdictional facilities leading to the project site).

The company on Nov. 26, 2014, filed with FERC a pre-application notice about this project. Eagle LNG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle LNG Partners LLC, the members of which are Ferus Natural Gas Fuels LP and GE Ventures LLC, a unit of General Electric (NYSE: GE).

Ferus NGF and GE formed Eagle LNG Partners LLC in order to take advantage of an unusual opportunity to develop a small- to mid-scale LNG production, storage and loading facility that will be well positioned to serve both U.S. domestic demand for LNG and demand for LNG in nearby export markets, the filing noted. The project would procure electric energy from JEA, the municipal utility that serves the Jacksonville area.

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