Jordan Cove drops application for 420-MW South Dunes project in Oregon

Jordan Cove Energy Project LP sent a brief Dec. 13 letter to Oregon agencies asking that its application for approval of the 420-MW South Dunes project be withdrawn.

Said the company: “This letter serves as formal notification to the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (“Council”) and the Oregon Department of Energy (“Department”) that Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. (“JCEP”) hereby withdraws its Application for Site Certificate for the South Dunes Power Plant (“Application”) from further consideration by the Council and the Department. We will be directing our legal counsel to file a motion in the contested case to dismiss the contested case as moot and take any other steps required to effectuate the withdrawal of the Application. Please cease all activities associated with the Application, and please provide a final accounting of the cost reimbursement budget under the Cost Reimbursement Agreement between JCEP and the Department.”

This was a 420-MW (nominal) gas-fired plant that was to supply power to the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas export facility. The project site was on the east side of Jordan Cove, North Spit of Coos Bay, and one mile north of the City of North Bend.

The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 9 rejected rehearing requests of their March 11 decision to not approve applications for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project and a gas pipeline to serve that project. On March 11, the commission issued an order denying:

  • Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline LP’s application to construct and operate a 234-mile-long interstate natural gas pipeline (Pacific Connector Pipeline); and
  • Jordan Cove Energy Project LP’s application to site, construct, and operate an LNG export terminal and associated facilities.

Jordan Cove, Pacific Connector, the State of Wyoming, and the Wyoming Pipeline Authority filed timely requests for rehearing.  “For the reasons discussed below, we deny the requests for rehearing,” said the Dec. 9 FERC ruling.

In 2013, Jordan Cove had filed an application to site, construct, and operate an LNG export terminal on the North Spit of Coos Bay. Also in 2013, Pacific Connector applied for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate the Pacific Connector Pipeline, an approximately 232-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter interstate natural gas pipeline originating at the Oregon/California border near Malin, in Klamath County, Oregon, and terminating at the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal. The Pacific Connector Pipeline was designed to provide up to 1,060,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/day) of natural gas transportation service from interconnects with the interstate pipelines of Ruby Pipeline LLC and Gas Transmission Northwest LLC near Malin, Oregon, to the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal.

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