Kinder Morgan notifies FERC on progress of Gulf LNG project
Gulf LNG, co-owned by Kinder Morgan and several US equity funds, has just notified the FERC about the progress of the project and the issue of the final environmental impact statement. The Gulf LNG terminal was originally owned by US pipeline company El Paso and later acquired by Kinder, which has sold 50% of the project to US equity funds. The Gulf LNG terminal is being integrated with an existing import terminal at the site in Pascagoula. Building on existing infrastructure, the brownfield project already includes a five-mile send-out pipeline and two LNG storage tanks, each with a capacity of 160,000 cubic metres. Kinder Morgan said that on March 15, 2019, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, now playing a more active part of the FERC process, issued its letter of determination. This stated that it had reviewed the company’s application and determined that it had demonstrated that the siting of the project complies with Federal Pipeline Safety Standards. In addition, Kinder Morgan had submitted three replies through March 4, 2019, to data requests from FERC staff on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). “The comment period on the DEIS closed on February 25, 2019 and FERC is presently engaged in drafting the Final Environmental Impact Statement,” the developer said.