FERC approves Dominion construction work on Cove Point LNG impoundment area

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a Dominion (NYSE:D) affiliate’s plan to start early construction connected with the Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Maryland.

Alisa M. Lykens, a chief in the FERC gas branch, approved the application in a July 1 letter to Dominion gas transmission manager Deborah Gholson.

“I approve Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP’s (Dominion) June 18, 2015 request to proceed with construction activities for the Pump Structure Foundations and Structural Steel within Tanks F and G’s impoundment area at Dominion’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Calvert County, Maryland,” Lykens said in the letter. “In considering this authorization, we have also reviewed Dominion’s supplemental filing on June 30, 2015,” the FERC official said.

“I remind you that Dominion must comply with all applicable terms and conditions of the Order as well as the procedures stipulated in your filings,” Lykens said. “Please note that this approval does not grant Dominion the authority to commence construction of additional project facilities at the LNG terminal,” the FERC official added.

The LNG case is FERC Docket No. CP13-113-000.

The U.S. Energy Department announced May 7 that it has issued a final authorization for Dominion to export domestically produced LNG to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States.

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