Texas LNG Brownsville LLC has announced the start of the regulatory review of its proposed LNG export facility in Brownsville, Texas, following the initiation of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pre-filing process.
FERC will regulate the siting, construction, operation, and maintenance of the physical LNG terminal and related infrastructure.
Texas LNG plans to build the LNG project in two phases, each with an LNG production of 2 million tpy. Phase 1 of the project is expected to commence production in 2020, pending final approval from FERC to construct the project.
Vivek Chandra, CEO of Texas LNG, said: “The submission of our pre-filing request to FERC is a major milestone for the project. We now join a select group of projects that have entered this phase of project development. We are very pleased with the performance of our team, which includes Samsung Engineering, Braemar Engineering, NRG, K&L Gates, GreenbergTraurig, and Royston Rayzor and are confident that we have the skills and resources in place to efficiently work with FERC through this important process.”
Option to Lease Agreement
Texas LNG has also executed an amendment to its Option to Lease Agreement with the Brownsville Navigation District in Cameron County to upgrade to a significantly larger and more optimal 625 acre site with deepwater frontage to the Port of Brownsville shipping channel. The new site, located approximately 5 miles from the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico on the north side of the channel, facilitates construction, will allow safer reduced LNG tanker navigation within the channel, and allows the LNG project to plan for future expansion.
Langtry Meyer, COO of Texas LNG, said: “Our new larger 625 acre site, which will place us as the closest proposed Brownsville LNG project to the Gulf of Mexico, enhances our design and expansion flexibility and minimises transit times of LNG export tankers to the benefit of potential offtakers and investors. We thank the Port of Brownsville and the Port Isabel and Brownsville communities for their ongoing support.”
Texas LNG’s equity and engineering partner, Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd, has assigned a large team of experienced engineers and project staff at its Global Engineering Center in Seoul, South Korea to lead the engineering phase of the project with support from its Houston-based North American Headquarters.
As of the end of February 2015, Samsung Engineering had completed four months out of the 12 month Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study and over 50 000 cumulative man-hours of engineering. In 2014, Samsung Engineering completed Concept Design and pre-FEED studies.
Texas LNG is being supported by its owner’s engineer, Braemar Engineering, and environmental consultant, Natural Resource Group (NRG), to optimise public safety and minimise environmental impacts while complying with federal, state and local regulations.
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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