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FERC Gives Final Clean Air Act Approval for Freeport LNG Export Terminal

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Clean Air Act, FERC Staff has prepared a final General Conformity Determination (GCD) for the Freeport LNG export terminal project near Quintana Island, Brazoria County, Texas. The purpose of the GCD is to ensure that the project does not violate the Texas State Implementation Plan and address the potential air quality impacts from the project.  FERC staff concludes that the project will achieve conformity with the Texas State Implementation Plan and has received concurrence from the Texas Commission on Environmental...
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Downeast LNG Files Status Report on Proposed LNG Export Terminal

Downeast LNG filed a report with FERC on recent pre-filing activities it has undertaken related to engineering and design, environmental surveys, stakeholder communications, and agency meetings for Downeast LNG’s proposed LNG export terminal at Robbiston, Maine.  The report can be found here, and the complete docket for the project can be found on eLibrary under Docket No....
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Gulf South Pipeline Signs Agreements and Holds Open Season to Supply Freeport LNG Export Terminal

Gulf South Pipeline (Gulf South) announced that it has signed 20-year firm precedent agreements with foundation shippers to transport approximately 1.4 Bcf/day of natural gas to serve the first two liquefaction trains of the proposed Freeport LNG export terminal near Freeport, Texas.  Gulf South is also conducting a binding open season until October 10, 2014 to solicit bids for additional capacity in excess of the foundation shippers’ contracted...
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FERC Approves Pre-filing Process for Alaska LNG Project

Today, FERC approved the request of the sponsors of the proposed Alaska LNG Project near Nikiski, Alaska to begin FERC’s pre-filing environmental review process.  FERC’s order can be found here, and the complete pre-filing docket can be found on eLibrary under Docket No....
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U.S. House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Shipping of U.S. LNG Exports

The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing this week on the status of the U.S. Merchant Marine.  The hearing focused on H.R. 5270, the bipartisan “Growing American Shipping Act” or GAS Act, which would promote the export of U.S. LNG on U.S.-flagged vessels by (1) authorizing the Secretary of Transportation to develop and implement a program to promote the export of LNG on U.S.-flagged vessels, and (2) requiring the Secretary to give priority processing of export applications for deepwater port terminals that would utilize...
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Alaska LNG Project Sponsors Request Permission to Begin FERC’s Pre-filing Process

The sponsors of the Alaska LNG Project, ExxonMobil Alaska LNG LLC, ConocoPhillips Alaska LNG Company, BP Alaska LNG LLC, TransCanada Alaska Midstream LP, and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, filed a request with FERC to begin the pre-filing environmental review process for their proposed LNG export terminal and related facilities near Nikiski in south central Alaska and an interconnected pipeline.  The project includes an 800-mile pipeline to access North Slope gas supplies and three liquefaction trains to produce a combined total of 20 million metric tonnes per annum of LNG. ...
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MARAD Releases Study on LNG Bunkering Options

The U.S. Maritime Administration has released a study prepared by Det Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc., which examines LNG bunkering and related infrastructure, safety, regulatory, and training needs.  According to the press release, bunkering “is the transfer of LNG from a supply station to a receiving vessel for the sole purpose of use as propulsion fuel.”  The study examines four bunkering options (truck-to-ship transfer, shore facility-to-ship transfer, ship-to-ship transfer, and transfer of portable tanks) and “makes recommendations to regulators, port operators, vessel operators...
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