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FERC updates Congress on Alaska LNG project

LNG Industry,

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has submitted a report to the US Congress, describing the progress made on the Alaska LNG pipeline project.

The report follows one submitted in March 2014, which highlighted that the State of Alaska had signed agreements with North Slope producers ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and BP, along with pipeline partner TransCanada, intended to advance the Alaska LNG export project.

In July 2014, Alaska LNG Project LLC filed an application with the US Department of Energy seeking authorisation to export LNG to both FTA and non-FTA countries.

The Alaska LNG project would consist of:

  • Liquefaction and export facilities
  • An approximately 800 mile long gas pipeline from the liquefaction facility to the gas treatment plant
  • Gas treatment plant
  • Transmission pipelines between the gas treatment plant and producing fields.

The pipeline would transport between 3 and 5 billion ft3/d of natural gas, providing North Slope gas to Alaskans, and ultimately to the LNG export terminal with an export capacity of 2 – 2.4 billion ft3/d.

According to the report, representatives for the Alaska project have been meeting with FERC staff to discuss the proposed regulatory framework and environmental aspects of the LNG project.

The report concludes that no progress has been made since the last report on a project bringing Alaskan natural gas from the Alaskan North Slope to the Lower 48 state markets. However, the FERC is ready to move forward to the next step in its NEPA process when the Alaska LNG project submits a request to commence the pre-filing process.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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