US pipeline company Kinder Morgan has asked regulators for permits to construct a new pipeline section and compression infrastructure for its Tennessee Gas Pipeline to allow feed-gas to flow to the proposed Plaquemines LNG export project in Louisiana.
The Plaquemines project is being developed by Arlington, Virginia-based Venture Global and the company was requested permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the facilities to provide around 1.1 billion cubic feet per day of feed-gas for liquefaction.
The FERC application is for the Tennessee Gas-led Evangeline Pass Expansion Project and comes as the Venture Global project makes progress with its plans to supply 20 million tonnes per annum of LNG.
The Evangeline Pass Expansion will add to the 11,750-mile pipeline system that transports natural gas in reverse from Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico and south Texas to the US northeast.
The $262-million Evangeline pipeline project will include nine miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline along the Tennessee Gas existing lateral in St Bernard Parish, plus four miles of a looping pipeline in Plaquemines Parish as well as a new compressor station.
The Plaquemines export plant in Louisiana will be built at river mile-marker 55 on the west side of the Mississippi River, 30 miles south of New Orleans.
The Mississippi River plant is one of three being developed by Venture Global.
The FERC has already given the go-ahead for the construction of the plant at Plaquemines Parish, along with its associated Gator Express pipeline inter-connected with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline and the Texas Eastern Transmission pipeline.
The project will be constructed in two phases, each phase designed with liquefaction and export capacity of 10 MTPA and a peak capacity of 12 MTPA under optimal operating conditions.
There will be 18 liquefaction blocks in the plant design with nine blocks constructed during each phase.