Texas LNG Brownsville said it has initiated the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pre-filing process, kicking off the regulatory review for the proposed liquefied natural gas export facility in Brownsville.
Texas LNG is planning to build the Brownsville project in two phases, each with LNG production of 2 million tonnes per year. Pending FERC’s final approval to construct the project, Phase 1 is expected to commence production in 2020.
Vivek Chandra, CEO of Texas LNG stated, “The submission of our pre-filing request to FERC is a major milestone for the project. We now join a select group of projects that have entered this phase of project development. We are very pleased with the performance of our team, which includes Samsung Engineering, Braemar Engineering, NRG, K&L Gates, GreenbergTraurig, and Royston Rayzor and are confident that we have the skills and resources in place to efficiently work with FERC through this important process.”
In addition, Texas LNG said it has executed an amendment to its option to lease agreement with the Brownsville Navigation District in Cameron County to upgrade to a significantly larger and more optimal 625 acre site with deepwater frontage to the Port of Brownsville shipping channel. The new site, located approximately 5 miles from the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico on the north side of the channel, facilitates construction, will allow safer reduced LNG tanker navigation within the channel, and allows the project to plan for future expansion, Texas LNG said in a statement.
Texas LNG’s equity and engineering partner, Samsung Engineering has assigned a large team of engineers and project staff at its Global Engineering Center in Seoul, Korea to lead the engineering phase of the project with support from its Houston-based North American headquarters.
As of the end of February 2015, Samsung Engineering has completed four months out of the 12-month FEED study and over 50,000 cumulative man-hours of engineering. In 2014, Samsung Engineering completed concept design and pre-FEED studies. Texas LNG is being supported by its owner’s engineer, Braemar Engineering, and environmental consultant, Natural Resource Group.
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