Magnolia LNG, a 100% subsidiary of Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (LNG Ltd), has recently achieved two significant milestones in progressing its pending application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its proposed 8 million tpa LNG export project located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) has issued a Letter of Recommendation approving the LNG project's Waterway Suitability Assessment. The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has also issued a Letter of No Objection to FERC approving the LNG project's design spill methodology.
Since July 2013, Magnolia LNG’s project team has worked closely with the USCG, the Lake Charles Pilots Association, the Lake Charles Harbor Safety Committee, key stakeholders along the Calcasieu Channel and local emergency response organisations, to assess and address all of the marine safety and security issues associated with the proposed vessel transit. The USCG has assessed Magnolia LNG's proposed marine traffic along the Calcasieu Channel and has determined that this waterway is "suitable for accommodating the type and frequency of LNG marine traffic associated with the project".
Magnolia LNG’s project team has worked closely with DOT PHMSA during their review of the project's design spill methodology. This is a significant milestone for LNG project as it allows FERC to move closer to finalising its review of the project's safety and engineering design.
FERC requires these inter-agency approvals in order for it to issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Project.
Magnolia LNG is confident that with these developments it is moving substantially closer to the issuance of an environmental review schedule and ultimately a draft environmental impact statement and looks forward to cooperating with FERC to achieve additional milestones.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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