FERC Authorizes Liquefaction Project, Pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Dec. 30, 2014, issued an order authorizing Corpus Christi Liquefaction to site, construct, and operate the company’s proposed liquefaction project located in San Patricio and Nueces counties in Texas. In addition, FERC issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline LP to construct and operate the company’s proposed 23-mile, 48-inch-diameter pipeline in San Patricio County, Texas.

The liquefaction project and pipeline must be built within five years of the date of FERC’s order.

In addition, the order adopted Christi Liquefaction’s and Cheniere Pipeline’s proposed mitigation plans and FERC staff’s recommendations to reduce the environmental effects described in the final environmental impact statement. Corpus Christi Liquefaction will build the liquefaction project on the northern shore of Corpus Christi Bay, at the north end of the La Quinta Channel, northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas.

The project will have the capability of liquefying for export approximately 15 million metric tons per annum (MMTPA) of LNG and vaporizing approximately 400 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day of imported natural gas. Cheniere Marketing will export and import the LNG by LNG carriers, totaling between 200 and 300 trips per year through Corpus Christi Bay, according to the order.

Corpus Christi Liquefaction will build three liquefaction trains, each with a liquefaction capacity of approximately 5 MMTPA. Pending export, the LNG will be stored in three proposed 160,000 cubic meter full containment LNG storage tanks, each equipped with five in-tank well columns and safety and monitoring systems. The liquefaction project will also include two trains of ambient air vaporizers, each with an average vaporization capacity of approximately 200 MMcf per day of natural gas.

Cheniere Pipeline will build its bi-directional pipeline from Corpus Christi Liquefaction’s facilities to a point near Sinton, Texas. The pipeline will transport domestic natural gas to Corpus Christi Liquefaction’s proposed LNG terminal for liquefaction and export, as well as to transport regasified imported LNG from the LNG terminal to interconnections with the existing pipeline systems of Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation, Kinder Morgan Tejas Pipeline LLC, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation, and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. As proposed, the pipeline will have a peak capacity of 2.25 billion cubic feet per day.

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