US Jordan Cove LNG export project files petition to make official local Oregon body’s apparent waiver

Tuesday, 12 May 2020
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The Jordan Cove LNG export project in the northwest US state of Oregon and its Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline have filed a petition finding that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality had waived its authority to issue certification for the project and they can now move forward.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said that any person wishing to comment on Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector’s petition may do so and the deadline for filing comments is 30 days from the May 5 issuing of the notice in the Federal Register.

The FERC had voted 2-1 in favour of the project proposed by Canadian company Pembina Pipeline Corp. at a meeting in Washington in March 2020, despite the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality denying a water quality certification.

The ODEQ hold-out over Jordan Cove LNG provoked anger among Oregon’s environmental who believed that was enough to block the project.

Jordan Cove is the first ever US West Coast natural gas export facility to be approved by the FERC.

Pembina acquired Jordan Cove in late 2017 in its takeover of another Canadian company, Veresen Inc., and worked towards obtaining extensive local, state and federal regulatory approvals despite huge opposition from Oregon’s well organized environmental lobbyists.

The project includes a 230-mile pipeline which would traverse four counties in Southern Oregon on the route to the liquefaction plant.

The plant and other facilities are planned for a 200-acre site and comprise five small-scale Trains each with 1.5 million tonnes per annum of output for a total of 7.8 MTPA.

The other facilities would include two full-containment LNG storage tanks with total capacity of 320,000 cubic metres, gas treating facilities, an export jetty and access to more than 25 billion cubic feet per day of gas supply from Western Canada and the US Rockies.

The US Coast Guard had already issued a Letter of Recommendation stating that the Coos Bay Federal Navigation Channel would be considered suitable for the LNG marine traffic associated with the project.

The plant would be visited by about 120 LNG carriers per year and Pembina has confirmed that it had signed preliminary accords with Jera Co. Inc. and Itochu Corp. of Japan for the supply of LNG.

The project’s affiliated Pacific Connector pipeline will have a 36-inch diameter with capacity to transport up to 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

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