Texas LNG said FERC has issued the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review (SER), setting the anticipated dates for issuance of its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Federal Authorization Decision Deadline.

Texas LNG is a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility to be constructed at the Port of Brownsville in South Texas, close to the U.S. – Mexico border and the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico.

The company’s 625+ acre site is on the Port of Brownsville’s deepwater ship channel. Texas LNG said Phase 1 calls for a planned capacity to produce up to 2 million tonnes per annum (MTA) permit capacity of LNG from approximately 300 MMcf/d of feed gas sourced from U.S. producers. Phase 2, to be developed at a later date, will increase capacity by additional 2 MTA permit capacity.

The FEIS and Federal Authorization Decision Deadline are the final major steps in the FERC process before issuance of the FERC Order.  Based on the FEIS date and timelines of other approved LNG export projects, Texas LNG believes it could receive its Final FERC Order authorizing construction and operation of its facility in the second half of 2019.

The SER is an important milestone as it communicates FERC’s high confidence schedule for Texas LNG’s completion of the National Environmental Policy Act process, and for all agencies involved in federal permitting approval to complete their review.

As per FERC’s expected timeline, Texas LNG will receive its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in October 2018, and FEIS by March 15, 2019.   Other agencies issuing federal authorizations have 90 days to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a federal authorization. The Federal Authorization Decision Deadline is June 13, 2019.

Texas LNG has received its authorization to export to FTA markets and is planning to receive is authorization for non-FTA markets during the term of the FERC application process.

 


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