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GHG permit for Houston area facility

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The US EPA has issued a final GHG Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit for the Lone Star GTL facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas, just west of Houston. The permit allows the company to build a natural gas processing plant. The facility will separate natural gas liquids (NGL) into different gas products, including ethane, propane, butanes, and natural gasoline. The plant will process approximately 100 000 bpd of NGL.


EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said, ‘natural gas is important to meeting our climate goals and energy future. EPA is working with Texas businesses to take advantage of growth opportunities while building greener facilities.’

Permitting programs

In June 2010, EPA finalised national GHG regulations, which specify that beginning on 2 January 2011, projects that increase GHG emissions substantially will require an air permit.

EPA believes states are best equipped to run GHG air permitting programs. Texas is working to replace a federal implementation plan with its own state program, which will eliminate the need for businesses to seek air permits from EPA. This action will increase efficiency and allow for industry to continue to grow in Texas.

The EPA has finalised over 34 GHG permits in Texas, proposed an additional nine permits and currently has over 30 additional GHG permit applications under development in Texas. 

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.

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