Federal Energy Regulatory Commission News

03 Feb 2019

Port Arthur LNG Gets Permits

Image: Sempra Energy

U.S. energy company and LNG operator Sempra Energy said that its Port Arthur LNG export terminal has moved one step closer to obtaining a federal permit.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a positive environmental impact statement for the project on Thursday, clearing Port Arthur LNG for the next round of the review process.FERC report concluded the project “would result in some adverse environmental impacts, but these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels.”In addition to the Port Arthur LNG project approval…

20 Nov 2018

Eagle LNG Receives Draft EIS

Pic: Eagle LNG

Eagle LNG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, informed that the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted the company their draft environmental impact statement (DEIS).The draft EIS puts Eagle LNG on a clear path to FID on the Jacksonville Export Project and continues Eagle LNG’s success in using small-scale LNG to supply bunkering to the marine industry and to provide small scale LNG cargoes to markets in the Caribbean.“Our customers, and potential clients, join us in being encouraged that FERC has released the DEIS ahead of schedule.

02 Nov 2018

Sempra Initiates Cameron LNG Train 1 Commissioning

Cameron LNG export terminal. Pic: Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Sempra Energy announced that Cameron LNG has initiated the commissioning process for the support facilities and first liquefaction train of Phase 1 of its Hackberry, La., liquefaction-export project."All major construction activities have been completed to begin the commissioning and start-up process to produce LNG from the first liquefaction train," said Joseph A. Householder, president and chief operating officer of Sempra Energy."This is a significant milestone for this landmark U.S.

24 Oct 2018

FERC Green Signal for Calcasieu Pass LNG

Image: Venture Global LNG

Venture Global LNG announced that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the company’s 10 MTPA Calcasieu Pass facility on the Gulf of Mexico.On August 31, 2018, FERC notified Venture Global LNG that it plans to issue a Final Order for the Calcasieu Pass facility and the associated TransCameron Pipeline no later than January 22, 2019, in line with the Notice of Revised Schedule for Environmental Review issued on May 18…

08 Aug 2018

Tellurian to Start Building Louisiana LNG Export Terminal in 2019

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U.S. liquefied natural gas company Tellurian Inc said on Wednesday it remains on track to begin construction of its Driftwood LNG export terminal in Louisiana in the first half of 2019 and begin operations in 2023.Tellurian President and CEO Meg Gentle said in the company's second-quarter earnings release that Tellurian is on schedule to announce its partners in the Driftwood project in the third or fourth quarter.Driftwood is one of more than two dozen LNG export projects under…

27 Feb 2018

Texas LNG Gets OK from US Coast Guard

Artist impression depicts Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction facilities (Image: Texas LNG Brownsville LLC)

Texas LNG Brownsville LLC said it achieved another development milestone with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Letter of Recommendation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirming the suitability of the Brownsville Ship Channel for the project’s marine traffic as it relates to safety and security. “After reviewing the information in the applicant’s [Letter of Intent] and Waterway Suitability Assessment and completing an evaluation of the waterway in consultation with a variety of state and local port stakeholders…

28 Nov 2017

GoM Stakeholders Energized Despite Lingering Oil Bust

Miss Marilene Tide (Credit Tidewater)

Gulf of Mexico vessel builders – and their customers – adapt to a lean offshore market. After oil prices plunged in late 2014 – pressured by shale output – demand for offshore vessels in the Gulf of Mexico shrank, day rates for boats fell and non-working units were idled. This year, several GoM boat builders filed for Chapter 11, or voluntary bankruptcy, while others consolidated. The most diversified companies kept their heads above water. Today, the outlook's a bit brighter. Crude oil prices hit bottom early last year. Tidewater Inc.

27 Jan 2017

NextDecade Takes Aim at Texas City for LNG Export

Photo: NextDecade, LLC

NextDecade LLC has signed lease agreements with the State of Texas and City of Texas City for a close to 1,000-acre site at Shoal Point for the potential development of a multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility. Texas City owns almost 376 acres at Shoal Point, while the Texas General Land Office manages the adjoining 618 acres of state land. The agreement comes as the State of Texas continues to draw international attention following significant new natural gas finds totaling over 90 trillion cubic feet (tcf) in 2016 and as global buyers increasingly seek new…

26 May 2016

Cheniere to Roll Out Second LNG Unit

Photo: Cheniere Energy, Inc

Cheniere Energy Inc. plans to start exporting liquefied natural gas in August from a second plant at its Sabine Pass terminal in Cameron Parish, according to a report from Bloomberg News. Cheniere began exporting LNG in February from its first unit at Sabine Pass. In its fourth-quarter report, Cheniere said the second unit could begin producing LNG by mid-2016. When completed, the Sabine Pass facility will have six LNG units. The first two units have a combined production capacity of 9.9 million tons LNG per year.

08 Apr 2016

Clough Wins Woodside Contract

Image: Woodside Energy Ltd

Perth-based Clough has been awarded an engineering services contract by LNG operator Woodside Energy. The contract covers the full spectrum of engineering services including concept and feasibility studies, front-end engineering and design (FEED), engineering assessment and review, detailed engineering and production support across all of Woodside’s onshore and offshore producing assets. As a part of an engineering panel, Clough will provide multi-disciplinary services for Woodside.

08 Mar 2016

Colonial, Shippers to Face off over Pipeline Congestion

Executives from Colonial Pipeline, which runs the main fuel artery for the U.S. Atlantic Coast, will be questioned by customers and regulators on Wednesday after worsening congestion spawned secondary markets for space on the system, driving up costs for wholesale diesel and gasoline buyers. Refiners, retailers and trading houses have jockeyed to move barrels in an increasingly competitive race for space on the line since a 300,000 barrel per day expansion between 2011 and 2013 failed to ease traffic as shippers increased on the 2.5 million bpd system. Customers including Costco Wholesale Corp complain that so-called line space trading adds business costs, prompting a rare hearing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "We have very sophisticated customers.

27 Jan 2016

Eagle LNG Seeks Greenlight for LNG Exports

Eagle LNG Partners has submitted an application with the US Department of Energy (DOE) requesting long-term, multi-contract authorization under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act to engage in exports of natural gas in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The application seeks authorization to export up to 49.8 Bcf, or ~1.0 million tons per annum (mtpa), of LNG per year to both free trade agreement (FTA) and non-free trade agreement (non - FTA) countries. The authorization is for Eagle LNG Partners’ proposed FERC-jurisdictional LNG export facility in Jacksonville, Florida, and requests authorization from the DOE to export LNG on its own behalf and as an agent for other organizations.

22 Dec 2015

Coast Guard, Industry Navigate Future of Liquefied Gas

Chris Smith, the Department of Energy assistant secretary for Fossil Energy, speaks at Sector Houston-Galveston Dec. 9 to prepare for the increased use of liquefied gases throughout the maritime community and gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies each party faces as they adapt to the rapid growth in this multibillion dollar industry. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Andrew Kendrick)

Senior U.S. Coast Guard leaders and liquefied-gas-industry experts from around the country came together the second week of December at Sector Houston-Galveston to prepare for the increased use of liquefied gases throughout the maritime community and gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies each party faces as they adapt to the rapid growth in this multibillion dollar industry. The maritime community is experiencing an international shift with the increased transport and use of liquefied gases. The increased supply created by the U.S.

18 Dec 2015

FERC Approves Lake Charles LNG Project

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted approval for the Lake Charles LNG export project, which will see the construction and operation of a natural gas liquefaction and export facility in Lake Charles, La. With FERC approval, the Lake Charles LNG project has now received the key remaining regulatory consent, according to BG Group, who is developing the project with Energy Transfer Equity LP and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. The project has conditional authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy for the export of up to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day or approximately 15 million metric tons of LNG per annum. Energy Transfer owns an existing LNG regasification facility in Lake Charles, which will be converted to a liquefaction facility.

16 Dec 2015

Crowley Selects Fuel Supplier for LNG Containerships

Image: Crowley

Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Inc. has selected Eagle LNG Partners as the liquefied natural gas (LNG)-supplier for the company’s new LNG-powered, Commitment Class ships, which will be delivered in 2017 for use in the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico trade. To support Crowley’s LNG needs, Eagle LNG will build a natural gas liquefaction plant (LNG plant) offering a capacity of 200,000 gallons per day (87,000 gallons per day initially) in Jacksonville. The state-of-the-art facility is slated to be operational by early 2017.

16 Nov 2015

Magnolia LNG Receives Final FEIS

Maurice Brand is the founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Liquefied Natural Gas Limited Photo LNG

Liquefied  Natural  Gas Limited and Magnolia LNG LLC (Magnolia) announced that the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Magnolia LNG (MLNG) project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the associated Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline (KMLP) Lake Charles Expansion Project on 13 November 2015. Issuance of the FEIS represents the culmination of FERC Staff’s environmental and safety review of the proposed MLNG and KMLP projects.

27 Oct 2015

Colonial Pipeline Revising Tariff After Shipper Complaints

Colonial Pipeline has crafted a revised tariff intended to soothe shipper concerns about access to the critical gasoline and diesel artery that links the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Northeast. Last March Colonial withdrew a previous revision after some shippers complained to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it would limit competition by squeezing entry to the largest refined product pipeline system in the United States. The disputed tariff, and the latest revision which Colonial aims to file with FERC next month, would change how space is allocated on the system, which has been full for more than three years. After a series of meetings with shippers, Colonial further tweaked the tariff, the company said on Tuesday. The central issue is shipper history.

24 Sep 2015

Riding Waves & Tides to a Cleaner Energy Future

The European Way The Meygen tidal stream energy project is currently under construction off the coast of Scotland. By the early 2020s, MeyGen Limited intends to deploy up to 398MW of offshore tidal stream turbines to supply clean and renewable electricity to the UK National Grid. (Credit: Atlantis Resources Ltd.)

When one thinks of offshore renewable energy, one usually thinks of offshore wind. For the first time progress is being made in the U.S. to develop offshore wind resources. The first steel foundation jacket has been placed in the ocean floor to support the Deepwater Wind project off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island. (See www.dwwind.com/press/#/1). But recently, progress is also being made in the development of tidal and wave energy resources closer to shore, which are known as marine hydrokinetic or MHK resources.

24 Aug 2015

Texas LNG’s Brownsville Project Progressing

Artist impression depicting Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction facilities. (Image courtesy of Texas LNG Brownsville LLC)

Texas LNG appoints BNP Paribas as financial adviser for Brownsville LNG project, progresses FERC pre-filing process and completes over 60 percent of front end engineering and Design for facility. Texas LNG Brownsville LLC announced that BNP Paribas has been appointed as financial adviser for the Brownsville project. BNP Paribas will assist Texas LNG in the raising of equity and debt financing for the total capital requirements of the Project, including the execution of definitive transaction documents for achieving final investment decision (FID) and project construction.

27 Jul 2015

FERC Approves Excelerate’s Offshore GasPort

Rendering of the proposed facility, the Aguirre Offshore GasPort (Photo: Excelerate Energy)

On July 24, 2015, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its order granting authorization to Excelerate Energy, in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), to site, construct and operate the proposed Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project located offshore Puerto Rico. The order confirms the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that resulted in a finding of no significant environmental impact. As part of the order, the project will comply with all the environmental conditions outlined by FERC.

20 May 2015

LNGL Raises A$174 mi for N. American Projects

Liquefied  Natural  Gas  Limited  announced the placement of 40 million fully paid ordinary shares in the capital of LNGL, which has raised A$174 million before costs (Placement). ď‚· Commencement of an Early Works program at the proposed 8 mtpa Magnolia LNG (MLNG) project following receipt of the timeline established in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Schedule of Environmental Review (SER) announced on 30 April 2015. ď‚· General corporate purposes. The Managing Director of LNGL, Maurice Brand, said “the capital raised will materially help us to progress the Magnolia LNG and Bear Head LNG projects under development in North America.

13 May 2015

Delfin LNG Proposes Gulf Coast’s First Offshore LNG Facility

Photo: Delfin LNG LLC

A potential deep-water port LNG export project for the Gulf of Mexico has submitted applications to the Maritime Administration and the United States Coast Guard for approval. Delfin LNG LLC has submitted an application to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to construct, own, and operate the Delfin LNG Project (Port Delfin) under the Deepwater Port Act. The primary purpose of the proposed project is to provide a safe and reliable facility…

07 May 2015

US Energy Dept OKs Cove Point LNG Export

Cove Point Terminal (Photo: Dominion)

The U.S. Energy Department said Thursday it has given the final approval for Dominion Resources to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point, Maryland plant. The Cove Point plant is investing $3.8 billion in new infrastructure to ship up to 0.77 billion cubic feet of LNG starting late in 2017 to countries with which the United States does not have free trade agreements. The DOE said it conducted "an extensive careful review" of Dominion's applications and considered the economic…

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