FERC issues notice on Venture Global LNG project in Louisiana

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 18 issued a notice about a Sept. 4 application from Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LLC and TransCameron Pipeline LLC for authorization to construct, install, own, operate, and maintain certain pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, that make up the Venture Global Calcasieu Pass Terminal and TransCameron Pipeline Project.

Specifically, Venture Global and TransCameron propose to site, construct, own, and operate a new LNG export terminal and to construct, own, and operate the 23.5-mile-long East Lateral and 19.2-mile-long West Lateral. The pipelines are designed to deliver approximately 1,900,000 Dth/d of firm transportation service.

Project cost for the pipelines is estimated at $344.5 million and negotiated rates are proposed. The requested order date and proposed pre-commercial in-service date are Sept. 1, 2016, and July 1, 2019 respectively.

Any questions concerning this application may be directed to: Fory Musser, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Venture Global LNG Inc., 2200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 600 West, Washington, D.C. 20037.

The project will involve construction of the Venture Global Calcasieu Pass Terminal, a proposed liquefaction and export terminal located on an approximately 506.3-acre site near the Gulf of Mexico and the mouth of the Calcasieu Pass Ship Channel in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

The terminal is designed with a nameplate liquefaction and export capacity of approximately 516 Billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per year (equivalent to 10.0 million metric tonnes per annum (mtpa)), with a peak achievable capacity of up to 620 Bcf per year under optimal operating conditions (equivalent to 12.0 mtpa).

Natural gas for the project will be sourced from existing U.S. natural gas supplies available at market hubs and on pipeline networks in southern Louisiana. Natural gas will be transported to the terminal via the Pipeline System, which will consist of two laterals – the approximately 23.5-mile-long East Lateral and the about 19.2-mile-long West Lateral – both uni-directional pipelines with a single delivery point at the LNG terminal.

Project includes a 720-MW, gas-fired power plant

Venture Global Calcasieu Pass is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of Venture Global Inc. Approximately 74.29% of the common stock of Venture Global LNG Inc. is held by Venture Global Partners LLC. Various passive institutional investors hold approximately 25.71% of the common stock of Venture Global LNG Inc.

TransCameron Pipeline is primarily engaged in the development of the Pipeline System in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. It is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of Venture Global LNG Inc.

The liquefaction facilities will consist of 10 integrated pre-cooled single mixed refrigerant (SMR) blocks, each with a nameplate liquefaction capacity of 1.0 mtpa of LNG (for a total of 10.0 mtpa in aggregate), which equates to a total nameplate liquefaction capacity of approximately 516 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/yr) of LNG.

The project includes a 720-MW power generation facility to provide continuous power for the site facilities. These facilities will operate in an island mode and will consist of:

  • One natural gas-fired combined cycle gas turbine, featuring air-cooled steam condensers and an electric substation;
  • Uninterruptible power supply system;
  • Fuel gas system;
  • Three emergency diesel-fired generators;
  • Three black start diesel-fired electric generators; and
  • One diesel fuel storage tank with a capacity of 65,000 gallons for emergency power and on-site black start capability.

The project will use a low capacity connection with the local electric distribution utility to supply power to its contractors during construction. This connection will be disconnected after construction of the project is completed, leaving the electric supply to the on-site power plant.

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