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Magnolia LNG signs pipeline agreement with Kinder Morgan

LNG Industry,

Liquefied Natural Gas Limited has announced that is 100% owned subsidiary Magnolia LNG LCC has executed a legally binding pipeline precedent agreement (PA) with Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline LLC (KMLP). The PA secures sufficient firm gas transportation service rights for the full 8 million tpa capacity of the company’s Magnolia LNG Project (MLNG Project) in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The execution of the PA is the fourth major milestone for the MLNG Project. Others include:

  • Lease Option Agreement with the Lake Charles Harbour and Terminal District, securing the 115 acre MLNG Project site for up to 70 years.
  • LNG Export Approval from the Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, for up to 4 million tpa (with an application submitted to increase this to 8 million tpa) over 25 years to all existing, and any future, countries that have, or enter into, a Free Trade Agreement with the Government of the US.
  • Equity Commitment Agreement with Stonepeak Partners LP, underwriting the full equity requirement of US$ 660 million for the construction and commissioning of the MLNG Project’s initial two LNG trains, each of 2 million tpa. The PA provides firm gas transportation rights for each of the four LNG trains proposed for the MLNG Project, from various receipt points along the existing KMLP pipeline to the MLNG Project site.

The role of KMLP

KMLP will carry out multiple Firm Transportation Service Agreements (FTS Agreement) for the MLNG Project. One such condition precedent is respective Board approvals within 70 days from the execution of the PA.

KMLP will now proceed to file its application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to install new pipeline compression facilities and additional pipeline and interconnect facilities to provide new transportation services. KMLP’s FERC approval process will run in parallel with FERC’s regulatory review of the MLNG Project, with the expectation that MLNG will file its formal application with FERC in March/April 2014 upon completion of the FERC pre-filing process. (This is the normal next step in the FERC approval process.)

First milestone of 2014

Company Managing Director, Maurice Brand, said “this is the first major milestone that the MLNG Project wanted to achieve early in 2014 and augurs well for the receipt of timely approvals under the FERC approval process.

“One of the main benefits of the MLNG Project site is that the existing KMLP pipeline directly transverses the site. This has directly assisted the company in developing the MLNG Project in a timely and cost effective manner and will materially contribute to the MLNG Project potentially being in the first 5 US LNG export projects to achieve commercial operations.”

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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