FERC green lights Sabine Pass LNG export plan

WASHINGTON D.C.: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has concluded that Sabine Pass LNG’s proposal to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Sabine Pass LNG import terminal in Louisiana, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.

FERC reported its conclusion in the environmental assessment (EA) prepared for the proposal to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.In order to operate its facility for the purpose of exporting LNG, Sabine Pass is proposing to modify four 24-inch diameter check valves located on Transfer Arms A and D on the East and West Jetty Platforms. The modifications to the check valves would allow LNG to flow in the direction for shiploading from the LNG Storage Tanks.The terminal operations currently utilize the Phase I facilities. Until the Phase II facilities are fully operational, LNG export operations would be limited to one transfer arm at a maximum rate of 6,000 cubic meters (21,888 cubic feet) per hour. Once the Phase II facilities are fully operational, two transfer arms on one jetty would be used for exporting LNG at a loading rate of 12,000 cubic meter (423,776 cubic feet) per hour.

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