Cameron Liquefaction Project Proposed

MarineLink.com
Monday, January 13, 2014

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Cameron Liquefaction Project, proposed by Cameron LNG, LLC and Cameron Interstate Pipeline, LLC (collectively Cameron).

The project is proposed in Cameron, Calcasieu and Beauregard Parishes, Louisiana, and would provide Cameron the capability to export about 12 million tons of liquefied natural gas per year. Cameron would construct three separate systems that liquefy natural gas; one 160,000-cubic-meter, full-containment LNG storage tank; refrigerant make-up and condensate product storage; a truck loading/unloading area; one marine work dock; minor modifications to existing terminal facilities; 21 miles of 42-inch-diameter pipeline; one 56,820-horsepower compressor station; and ancillary facilities.

The EIS was prepared in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500–1508), and FERC regulations implementing NEPA (18 CFR 380). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Transportation cooperated in the preparation of the draft EIS.

FERC’s environmental staff concludes that construction and operation of the project would result in some adverse environmental impacts. However, these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of Cameron’s proposed minimization and mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended by the FERC staff in the draft EIS. Although many factors were considered in this determination, the principal reasons are:

  •     Cameron Interstate would collocate 100 percent of the pipeline with existing rights-of-way.
  •     The project would be consistent with or in conformance with federal authorizations, including coastal zone, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act.
  •     Cameron would implement resource- or activity-specific plans, procedures, and agreements to protect natural resources, avoid or limit environmental impacts, and promote restoration of all disturbed areas during construction and operation of the project.
  •     The use of the HDD method would avoid disturbances to a number of wetlands and major waterbodies along the route.
  •     The appropriate consultations with the FWS, COE, SHPOs, and any appropriate compliance actions resulting from these consultations, would be completed before Cameron would begin construction in any given area.
  •     An environmental inspection program would be implemented to ensure compliance with all mitigation measures, Certificate conditions, and other stipulations included in permits from other authorizing federal, state, and local agencies.


Comments on the draft EIS must be received in Washington, DC on or before March 3, 2014. Once the final EIS is issued, the FERC Commissioners will take into consideration staff’s recommendations when they make a decision on the project.
 

Maritime Reporter October 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

Steven Palazzo Visits HII, Newport

Huntington Ingalls Industries today hosted Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Palazzo represents the fourth district of Mississippi,

Environmental Groups: IMO Polar Code Too Weak

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today adopted the Polar Code aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions. Several environmental groups have criticized

Bouchard Vessels Honored by SCA

Forty-three Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. vessels have been honored by The Chamber of Shipping America (CSA) with Certificates of Environmental Achievement.

Fuels & Lubes

Environmental Groups: IMO Polar Code Too Weak

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today adopted the Polar Code aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions. Several environmental groups have criticized

Cost to Fuel Ships Falls

For a ship that burns 24 tonnes of fuel per day while steaming, fuel costs are reduced by as much as $1 million a year if current price level stay put. Assuming

Belgian Strike to Impact Antwerp Port

A strike in parts of Belgium on Monday is expected to disrupt rail services and one of Europe's largest ports as trade unions and workers voice their anger over

LNG

HHI to Build FSRU for Höegh LNG

A new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) will be built by the Korean shipbuilding Company Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). This FSRU will be the fifth

BG Group's Queensland Curtis LNG to Ship First Cargo

BG Group is set to ship the first cargo of liquefied natural gas from its flagship gas project Queensland Curtis LNG on Dec. 20, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Europe Stockpiling Low Cost, Surplus LNG

Demand from top Asian buyers drops sharply; Asian, European gas price spreads converge. Europe set to becoming dumping ground for LNG. Europe is set to become

News

USCG Assist Duck Hunters Near Harrington Beach Park

The Coast Guard and the Port Washington and Cedar Grove Fire Departments came to the assistance of two duck hunters on Lake Michigan Friday. The names of those involved are not being released.

Sapurakencana Wins 3 Petronas Oil blocks

SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad today announced that it has entered into Sale and Purchase Agreements to acquire the entire interest of PETRONAS in 3 blocks offshore

Kemp Succeeds Semple at Wood Group

Wood Group announced following changes to its senior management team. Alan Semple, chief financial officer (CFO) has advised the board that he intends to

Government Update

Russia Has No Plan to Cut Oil Output

Russia, the world's biggest energy exporter, does not plan to cut oil production to shore up prices, Rossiya 24 television quoted Energy Minister Alexander Novak as saying on Saturday.

Nigeria to Cut Petrol Subsidy by Half

Nigeria plans to cut subsidies on petroleum products by half next year after sharp falls in global crude prices, spurred the government to revise its 2015 budget downwards,

Venezuela Ships First Crude Mixed with Algerian Oil to China

Venezuela is sending its first shipment of crude mixed with Algerian light oil to China, according to state oil company PDVSA and traders.   Venezuela recently

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1668 sec (6 req/sec)