Jordan Cove LNG terminal project in Oregon has received an environmental green light from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), advancing what would be the first LNG export facility on the US west coast in 50 years
In issuing its final environmental impact statement (FEIS), the commission said that constructing and operating the project would result in temporary, long-term and permanent impacts on the environment, but those effects would be reduced to less than significant levels though mitigation measures. FERC, however, noted the facility would impact operations at the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport and likely adversely affect 18 US government-listed or proposed threatened and endangered species.
In a statement, Jordan Cove LNG, a Pembina company, said, “The FEIS represents a significant step forward for this investment in Oregon. In addition to the federal regulatory process, Jordan Cove continues to experience positive momentum in many aspects of the project, including the local permitting process, voluntary land easements and the project’s engagement with Tribes and communities.”
The FEIS is the last step before the commission issues an order of approval, which is expected in February 2020. Plans are for the Jordan Cove LNG terminal to open in 2025.
Canada’s Pembina Pipeline Corporation is developing Jordan Cove LNG, located on 0.82 km2 in Coos Bay, Oregon. The terminal would include two LNG storage tanks, each with a capacity of 160,000 m3, and five trains. Each train would use Black & Veatch’s Prico technology, with a capacity of 1.56 mta for a total of 7.8 mta. Marine facilities would have two berths, with up to 120 LNG carriers calling at the terminal, annually.
Black & Veatch has completed the front-end engineering and design work and pre-construction planning for the Jordan Cove LNG export facility.
Gas for liquefaction would be sourced from the US and Canada, via a proposed 396 km Pacific Connector pipeline. The pipeline would originate at interconnections with existing pipeline systems in Klamath County, Oregon, and would span parts of Klamath, Jackson, Douglas, and Coos Counties, Oregon, before connecting with the LNG terminal.
Being developed at a cost of US$10Bn, Jordan Cove LNG would target LNG demand in Asia, with global LNG demand expected to almost double by 2030. There are no current LNG export terminals in operation on the US west coast.
Kenai LNG project, located on the Kenai Peninsula near Nikiski, Alaska, became the first LNG export facility when ConocoPhillips began shipping cargoes from the facility in 1969. Most of those cargoes went to Japan. The facility has not exported LNG since fall 2015.
Trans-foreland Pipeline Co LLC is proposing to invest in a boil-off gas (BOG) management system and to restart the facility to allow the import of LNG to cool down the existing LNG storage tanks and associated LNG facilities. The installation of a BOG management system and cool down of the existing LNG facilities and LNG storage tanks would allow the Kenai LNG Plant to provide up to 7M standard cubic feet per day of natural gas to Trans-foreland’s affiliated Kenai Refinery adjacent to the Kenai LNG Plant.