The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a notice of schedule for environmental review to Commonwealth LNG.
The Commonwealth LNG project encompasses the construction of one liquefied natural gas plant, including six gas liquefaction trains and appurtenant facilities.
Each train will have a liquefaction design capacity of approximately 1.4 million metric tonnes per annum for a total nominal liquefaction capacity of 8.4 mtpa.
Located on the west side of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, near the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico, the project will include six LNG storage tanks each with a capacity of 40,000 cbm, one marine loading berth capable of loading LNG carriers up to a capacity of 216,000 cbm, and a 3.04-mile long, 30-inch diameter pipeline that will connect the LNG Facility with existing intrastate and interstate pipelines for the purpose of supplying gas to the Project.
According to the FERC, the EIS draft will be issued in May 2020, the notice of availability of the final EIS is expected to occur on October 2, 2020.
Also, it is expected that a 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline will occur on December 31, 2020
Paul Varello, Commonwealth LNG’s president and CEO, said: “We are very pleased to receive FERC’s issuance of notice of schedule for environmental review. It confirms that our project remains on schedule to take FID in Q1 2021 and start commercial operations in Q1 2024.”