The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental document that will discuss the impacts of the Fields Point Liquefaction Project, which involves construction and operation of facilities by National Grid LNG LLC (NGLNG) in Providence, Rhode Island.
The commission said in a Sept. 25 notice that it will use this environmental document in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity. It will take comments on what should be covered in that document until Oct. 26.
NGLNG plans to add liquefaction capability at the existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility located at Fields Point in Providence. The project would include one new 20 million standard cubic feet per day gas pretreatment and liquefaction system to convert natural gas into LNG by cooling it to -260 ºF.
The storage operation at Fields Point has been in existence for approximately 40 years and does not include any liquefaction equipment. The natural gas delivered to the facility via the existing pipeline would be pre-treated, liquefied, and conveyed to the existing storage tank. If approved, NGLNG plans to begin construction of the project in late 2016.
The existing facility is in an industrial area along the Providence River at 121 Terminal Road. The total land to be disturbed for construction of this project is reported to be around 8.91 acres. The liquefaction system would occupy about 1.85 acres within the existing footprint.