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FERC prepares final EIS for Corpus Christi LNG

LNG Industry,

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Corpus Christi LNG Project.

The project is proposed by Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC and Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline, L.P. (collectively referred to as Cheniere), and is located in San Patricio County, Texas.

LNG facilities

The project would enable Cheniere to export 2.1 billion ft3/d of LNG and import sufficient LNG volume to send out 400 million ft3/d of natural gas. The proposed facilities associated with the LNG terminal include:

  • Liquefaction facilities, including three liquefaction trains each capable of liquefying approximately 700 million ft3/d of natural gas;
  • Vaporisation facilities, including two trains of ambient air vaporisers and send out pumps each capable of vaporising sufficient LNG volume for each to send out approximately 200 million ft3/d of natural gas;
  • LNG storage facilities, including three LNG storage tanks each capable of storing LNG equivalent to approximately 3.4 billion ft3 of natural gas;
  • Marine terminal with two LNG carrier berths.

The EIS has been prepared in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA, and FERC regulations implementing NEPA.

Minimal impact

The FERC concluded that approval of the proposed project, with the mitigation measures recommended in the EIS, would ensure that impacts in the project area would be avoided or minimised and would not be significant.

Construction and operation of the LNG project would result in mostly temporary and short-term environmental impacts; however, some long-term and permanent environmental impacts would occur, which will be taken into account by the FERC when they make a final decision on the Corpus Christi LNG project.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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