The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued Texas LNG a final environmental impact statement (EIS), clearing another hurdle for the proposed LNG export project to move forward in the Brownsville Ship Channel in Cameron County, Texas. Texas LNG must now await final approval by FERC, scheduled for 13 June 2019.
“We look forward to receiving FERC approval in the next few months which is one of the important steps to allow construction to begin and LNG production to commence by 2024,” said Texas LNG co-founder and chief operating officer Langtry Meyer.
The proposed Texas LNG export terminal project consists of two liquefaction trains with a capacity of 4 mta, two LNG storage tanks with a total capacity of 210,000 m3 with cryogenic pipeline connections to the liquefaction facility, and a berthing dock capable of accommodating LNG carriers with capacities between 130,000-180,000 m3.
The LNG export terminal will be built in an area zoned for commercial and industrial use, along an existing, man-made ship channel.
Two other LNG export projects are proposed for the Brownsville area – Exelon Corp’s Annova Brownsville and NextDecade Corp’s Rio Grande LNG.
If built, the Rio Grande LNG export facility will have a capacity of 27 mta. FERC is expected to issue a final EIS to Rio Grande LNG in April 2019. The federal authorisation decision deadline is set for 25 July 2019.
Annova LNG, with capacity of 6 mta, is expected to receive its final EIS in Q2 this year, with an FID in Q4 2019 and commissioning in 2024.