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FERC grants authorisation for Calcasieu Pass LNG and associated pipeline

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Venture Global LNG Inc. has announced that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the order granting authorisations under Sections 3 and 7 of the Natural Gas Act for the company’s Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility and associated TransCameron Pipeline in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

In a joint statement, Co-CEOs Bob Pender and Mike Sabel said: “With our FERC order in hand and our project contracted with binding 20-year sale and purchase agreements (SPAs) with Shell, BP, Edison S.p.A., Galp, Repsol and PGNiG, we plan to immediately commence construction activities in Louisiana in close coordination with FERC and other agencies.

“This milestone is the culmination of years of effort, and we are proud of the excellent work done by our regulatory, environmental, legal and engineering teams. We are excited to begin construction of our Calcasieu Pass project and deliver low-cost LNG to our global customers in 2022.”

The facility has a nameplate capacity of 10 million tpy, and will employ a comprehensive process solution from GE Oil & Gas LLC (part of Baker Hughes, a GE company) that makes use of mid scale, modular, factory-fabricated liquefaction trains. Venture Global claims that it has executed an integrated turnkey EPC contract with Kiewit to design, engineer, construct, commission, test and guarantee the Calcasieu Pass facility.

In addition to this, Venture Global is also currently developing the Plaquemines LNG export facility and associated Gator Express Pipeline in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. The facility, which has a nameplate capacity of 20 million tpy, received its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on 13 November 2018, and expects to receive its final EIS on 3 May this year (according to the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review issued by FERC on 31 August last year). FERC has established a 90-day Federal Authorisation Decision Deadline of 1 August this year. Plaquemines LNG has signed a binding 20-year SPA with PGNiG.

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