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FERC issues final EIS for Jordan Cove LNG and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline

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e Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has announced that it has prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Jordan Cove LNG Project and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project (collectively referred to as the Project) proposed by Jordan Cove Energy Project L.P. and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP.

Pursuant to Sections 3 and 7 of the Natural Gas Act, FERC claims Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector are seeking an Authorisation and a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct and operate an LNG export terminal and a natural gas transmission pipeline.

The LNG terminal would be located in Coos County, Oregon, US, and would be able to liquefying up to 1.04 billion ft3/d of natural gas for export. The approximately 200-acre LNG terminal site would include the following:

  • A pipeline gas conditioning facility.
  • Five natural gas liquefaction trains.
  • Two full-containment LNG storage tanks and associated equipment.
  • LNG loading platform and transfer line.
  • Marine facilities.
  • An access channel from the existing Coos Bay Federal Navigation Channel to the LNG terminal.
  • Modifications adjacent to the existing Federal Navigation Channel.
  • A temporary workforce housing facility.
  • The non-jurisdictional Southwest Oregon Regional Security Centre and Fire Department building.
  • Other security and control facilities, administrative buildings, and support structures.

As proposed, approximately 120 LNG carriers per year would use the LNG terminal.

The pipeline, meanwhile, would originate at interconnections with existing pipeline systems in Klamath County, Oregon, and would span sections of Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos Counties, Oregon, before connecting with the LNG terminal. The pipeline would be approximately 229 miles long, 36 in. in diameter, and would be capable of transporting up to 1.2 billion ft3/d of natural gas. Operating the pipeline would require the use of one compressor station and other associated pipeline facilities.

According to the statement, the final 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 in Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1500–1508 (40 CFR 1500-1508), and FERC regulations implementing NEPA (18 CFR 380).

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