FERC again delays environmental report on Jordan Cove LNG in state of Oregon

Tuesday, 15 October 2019
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The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has delayed completion of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export facility and its affiliated Pacific Connector Pipeline planned for the northwest state of Oregon.

The Jordan Cove project is proposed by Pembina Pipeline Corp. of Canada for Coos Bay in Oregon.

Five mini-Trains

The plant would comprise five small-scale liquefaction Trains each with 1.5 million tonnes per annum of output for a total of 7.8 MTPA.

According to a notice issued in the Federal Register, the US Forest Service said it “only recently received critical information from the project proponent that is necessary for it to complete its land and resource management plan amendments” and requested additional time.

A notice of availability of the final EIS for Jordan Cove LNG would now be due on 15th November 2019 and a final order has been scheduled for 13th of February 2020.

The previous 2019 delay imposed on the Jordan Cove venture was in March and was blamed on the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government at the start of the year.

The Jordan Cove venture's facilities would also 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 FERC has already concluded in its draft EIS that constructing and operating the Jordan Cove would result in temporary, long-term and permanent impacts on the environment.

However, the regulator noted that many of these impacts would not be significant or would be reduced to less than significant levels with the implementation of proposed and suggested mitigation measures.

The FERC did note that the project owner, Pembina Pipeline, would implement an “Erosion Control and Revegetation Plan”, “Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures” and “Upland Erosion Control, Revegetation, and Maintenance Plans” as well as other impact avoidance, minimization and mitigation measures.

As proposed, the LNG 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 US Coast Guard has already issued a Letter of Recommendation indicating that the Coos Bay Federal Navigation Channel would be considered suitable for the LNG marine traffic associated with the project.

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