Elba Island LNG moves closer to starting exports

Kinder Morgan-led Elba Island liquefaction project near Savannah, Georgia has received the green light to introduce hazardous fluids to MMLS unit #5.

Elba Liquefaction Company and Southern LNG Company have filed the request on December 23, 2019, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to introduce hazardous fluids to the Moveable Modular Liquefaction System #5 (Train 5).

On November 6, 2019, companies filed a plan to introduce hazardous fluids in two phases. In Phase I, companies planned to circulate hot oil to flush out the system and in Phase II, companies planned to introduce the remaining hazardous fluids.

FERC authorized Phase I in November 2019, and now Phase II has also been given thumbs up.

The regulator did note in its order that this approval does not grant the companies the authority to introduce hazardous fluids to other project facilities at the LNG terminal.

Once in full production, the project is expected to have a total liquefaction capacity of about 2.5 million tonnes per year of LNG, equivalent to about 350 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.

The nearly $2 billion Elba liquefaction project’s EPC contractor is IHI E&C while the project is supported by a 20-year contract with the Hague-based LNG giant Shell.

Kinder Morgan owns 51 percent of the Elba Liquefaction company, the developer of the Elba liquefaction project, while the remaining 49 percent is owned by investment funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners.


LNG World News Staff

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