Kinder Morgan’s Gulf LNG granted FERC construction permit

The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted approval to Gulf LNG, a Kinder Morgan unit, to site, construct and operate its proposed project in Jackson County, Mississippi. 

Gulf LNG liquefaction project would be constructed and operated by Gulf Liquefaction and integrated with the existing import terminal facilities, the filing reads.

Gulf Liquefaction states that the project will enable the receipt, treatment, liquefaction, and export of up to 10.85 million metric tons per year of natural gas as LNG.

Gulf Liquefaction proposes to construct two natural gas liquefaction trains, pretreatment facilities, and ancillary and support facilities, and to extend the storm surge protection system.

Gulf Liquefaction further proposes to construct two marine offloading facilities—one permanent and one temporary—to receive equipment and materials during construction. Additional modifications to the existing terminal facilities include replacing in-tank LNG pumps, increasing tank riser piping size, and modifying piping to permit bi-directional LNG flow.

Gulf Liquefaction received authorization from the Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) in June 2012 to export annually for a 25-year term up to 547.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas in the form of LNG to countries with which the United States has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with non-FTA permit pending.

The facility will include a truck loading/unloading facility to unload refrigerants and to load condensate produced during the gas liquefaction process, new in-tank LNG loading pumps in the existing LNG storage tanks to transfer LNG through the existing transfer lines to LNG marine carriers.

The two LNG storage tanks are full containment tanks, each with a capacity of 160,000 cubic meters. Each tank is outfitted with three in-tank pumps with a total unloading capacity of 12,000 cubic meters per hour.

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