The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the notice of schedule for environmental review Magnolia LNG and Lake Charles expansion project.
The proposed projects would create a firm north-to-south service path on the existing pipeline system that would deliver the required volume of natural gas to the proposed LNG terminal and create liquefaction facilities for LNG export overseas, LNG domestic marine distribution, and LNG trucking distribution to LNG refueling stations in Louisiana and surrounding states, FERC said in its notice.
According to FERC’s notice, the date for issuance of the project’s final environmental impact statement has been set to November 16, 2015. Other agencies issuing federal authorizations have 90 days to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a federal authorization. The federal authorization decision deadline is February 14, 2016.
Magnolia’s proposed facilities include: two LNG storage tanks with a capacity of approximately 160,000 cubic meters; four liquefaction trains that each have a nominal capacity of 2.0 tonnes per annum; an LNG vessel berth and loading facilities; an LNG truck loading area; and other ancillary facilities. During operation of the project, Magnolia anticipates an average of 208 marine vessels (LNG carriers and barges) would make port calls and 52 LNG trucks would be loaded at the LNG Terminal each year.
Kinder Morgan’s proposed facilities consist of: about 40 feet of 36-inch-diameter interconnect pipeline and a meter station within Magnolia’s proposed LNG terminal; a new compressor station consisting of four 16,000 horsepower compressor units; a new 1.2-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter low pressure natural gas header pipeline and a new 700-footlong, 24-inch-diameter high pressure natural gas header pipeline that would be adjacent to the existing Kinder Morgan easement; and modifications at six existing meter stations.
These activities would take place within Acadia, Calcasieu, and Evangeline Parishes, Louisiana.
LNG World News Staff; Image: LNG Limited