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AGDC files application with FERC to develop Alaska LNG project

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Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) has announced that it has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to obtain a Natural Gas Act Section 3 permit for the Alaska LNG project.

FERC will lead the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) review process, prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project, and will coordinate permit applications with other federal agencies. FERC will soon publish a schedule for the NEPA process in the federal register that outlines the time to develop a draft EIS (likely 12 months) and a final EIS (a further six months). The NEPA process will lead to a FERC order that authorises AGDC to build the Alaska LNG project.

The integrated gas infrastructure development project comprises three major components: a gas treatment plant located at Prudhoe Bay; an 800-mile pipeline to Southcentral Alaska with up to five offtakes for in-state use; and a natural gas liquefaction plant in Nikiski to produce 20 million tpy of LNG for export.

The President of AGDC, Keith Meyer, said: “Today’s FERC filing marks a major milestone in moving the Alaska LNG project forward.

“This is the culmination of over one million man hours invested in project engineering and design, more than 193 000 acres mapped, over 300 streams surveyed, thousands of boreholes drilled along the proposed route, and approximately 50 000 pages of material submitted to FERC.”

As well as the filing with FERC, AGDC also filed major permit applications with four additional federal agencies. These include the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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