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FERC updates on Plaquemines LNG project

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The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released an update on its pre-filing environmental review of Venture Global Plaquemines LNG’s application to construct an LNG export terminal and the Gator Express Pipeline interconnected pipeline.

FERC states that it is continuing to conduct its review of the planned project based on the information that it has have received from Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipelin, as well as the comments that it has received from stakeholders. FERC received one set of draft Resource Reports (RRs) from Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline Project and provided its comments in February 2016. The companies provided revised draft RRs in August 2016 and FERC is currently reviewing these to provide its comments to Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline.

After Plaquemines LNG and Gator Express Pipeline file their formal application, FERC will issue a Notice of Application and identify the CP Docket number for the project. This Notice of Application will outline how interested parties can become intervenors and how persons can continue to comment on the project.

When FERC has all of the information necessary to complete its analysis and write the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), it will issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review that will identify the date for issuing the EIS.

Venture Global Plaquemines LNG LLC plans to construct and operate an LNG terminal on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, US. Venture Global Gator Express LLC (Gator Express Pipeline) plans to construct and operate two natural gas supply pipelines that would connect the LNG terminal to the existing interstate natural gas grid. The two pipelines would be mostly parallel and adjacent to one another. These co-located pipelines are identified as Southwest Lateral Texas Eastern Transmission LP (TETCO) and Southwest Lateral Tennessee Gas Pipeline LLC (TGP). Each of these pipelines would have a nominal gas supply capability of 1.97 standard billion ft3/yr of natural gas.

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