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First Nations Band Offered C$1 Billion to Consent to Petronas-Led LNG Export Project

The Globe and Mail reports that Canadian First Nations band Lax Kw’alaams has been offered C$1 billion (approximately $820 million) in cash over 40 years in return for the band’s consent to the Petronas-led Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal project on Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert, British Columbia (B.C.), and the interconnected pipeline.  The offer is from Pacific NorthWest LNG, TransCanada Corp.’s Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline project and the B.C. government. The Pacific NorthWest LNG project is proposed to be built on the traditional territory of the Lax...
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FERC Releases Schedule for Environmental Review of Proposed Magnolia LNG Project

FERC has released its schedule for environmental review of the proposed Magnolia LNG export terminal at Lake Charles, La., and the proposed Lake Charles Expansion interconnected pipeline project.  FERC plans to release its final environmental impact statement covering both projects on November 16, 2015.  Other federal agencies having jurisdiction over either project will then have until February 14, 2016 to complete their...
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Sabine Pass LNG Files Monthly Construction Status Report

Sabine Pass LNG filed a report with FERC covering construction activities through March 2015 at its LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish, La.  Stage 1 (liquefaction trains 1 and 2) engineering and procurement are 100% complete, and subcontract and direct hire construction work are 65% and 73.4% complete, respectively.  Stage 1 overall project completion is 87.2% against the plan of 87.9%.  Stage 2 (liquefaction trains 3 and 4) engineering is 99.6% complete, procurement is 90.2% complete, and subcontract and direct hire construction work are 38.3% and 23.5% complete, respectively. ...
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Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals Affirms County Denial of Permit for Oregon LNG Feeder Pipeline

The Oregonian reports that Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals has upheld Clatsop County’s decision to deny a land use permit for a proposed pipeline that would serve Oregon LNG’s proposed bidirectional LNG terminal at Warrenton, Ore.  Peter Hansen, chief executive of Oregon LNG, downplayed the ruling, calling it a “purely political decision” since FERC has exclusive jurisdiction over the proposed interstate...
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Annova LNG Seeks County Tax Breaks For Export Terminal Project

The Brownsville Herald reports that Annova LNG (Annova) and the Cameron County Commissioners Court are in negotiations on whether to grant Annova’s request “for a 100-percent property tax abatement from the county as an economic development incentive” for Annova’s construction of a liquefaction and LNG export terminal on the Brownsville ship channel.  According to the report, Annova claims that every dollar of the projected $2.9 billion it plans to spend on construction of the project “would support $1.32 of total economic output and 38 cents of income for Texas...
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Decision Stayed Again on Oregon LNG Project’s Consistency with the State Coastal Management Program

The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (OLCD) has entered into an agreement with Oregon LNG to further extend the deadline by which OLCD must review Oregon LNG’s certification that its proposed bidirectional LNG terminal project in Warrenton, Ore. is consistent with Oregon’s Coastal Management Program under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.  OLCD’s decision on Oregon LNG’s Consistency Certification is now due by July 26, 2015.  The agreement can be found here, and the complete docket for the Oregon LNG project can be found on eLibrary under Docket No....
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Freeport LNG Announces Closing of Third Train Financing

Today, Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. (Freeport LNG) announced that its subsidiary, FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC, successfully closed on debt financing commitments of approximately $4.56 billion in capital required for the construction of the third liquefaction train at Freeport LNG’s export terminal on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas.  With closing on financing, Freeport LNG issued a full notice to proceed to CB&I, Inc., Zachry Industrial, Inc. and Chiyoda International Corporation to construct the third train.  Full three-train operation is expected by the third quarter of 2019. LNG...
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