FERC issues draft EIS for Golden Pass LNG export project

The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Golden Pass LNG export project located on the Sabine-Neches Waterway in Jefferson County, Texas.

Golden Pass requested authorization to expand and modify the existing LNG import terminal allowing it to export liquefied natural gas.

The modification would involve the construction of an LNG export facility integrated with the existing Golden Pass LNG import terminal. The project would have the capability to export up to 15.6 million metric tons per annum of domestic natural gas as LNG, FERC said in its DEIS notice.

The project would also include construction of approximately 2.6 miles of 24- inch pipeline, three new compressor stations, and interconnections for bi-directional transport of natural gas to and from the Golden Pass LNG export terminal.

The draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the Golden Pass LNG export project.

The commission concluded that although the project would have adverse environmental impact, however, with the implementation of Golden Pass’ proposed mitigation and the additional measures recommended in the draft EIS, the impact would not be significant.

FERC requested comments on the draft EIS setting the final submission date to May 16, 2016.

Golden Pass is a joint venture formed by Qatar Petroleum (70%), ExxonMobil (17.6%) and ConocoPhillips (12.4%).

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LNG World News Staff