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FERC issues draft environmental impact statement for Eagle LNG’s Jacksonville Project

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The staff of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Jacksonville Project proposed by Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC.

Eagle LNG requests authorisation under Section 3(a) of the Natural Gas Act and Parts 153 and 380 of FERC’s regulations to site, construct, and operate an LNG terminal and export facility on the north bank of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, US. The project would include the following facilities:

  • Three LNG trains, each with a nominal capacity of 0.33 million tpy of LNG for export, resulting in a total nominal capacity of 1.0 million tpy.
  • One LNG storage tank with a net capacity of 45 000 m3.
  • Marine facilities with a concrete access trestle and loading platform, and two liquid loading arms capable of docking and mooring a range of LNG vessels with an LNG cargo capacity of up to 45 000 m3.
  • LNG truck loading facilities with a dual bay capable of loading 260 – 520 LNG trucks per year.
  • A boil-off gas compression system.
  • Onsite refrigerant storage.
  • Ground flare and cold vent systems.
  • Utilities and support facilities (e.g. administration, control, and workshop buildings; roads and parking areas; power and communications; water, air, septic, and stormwater systems).

Natural gas would be delivered to the Jacksonville Project site via a 120 ft-long non-jurisdictional pipeline that would be constructed, owned, and operated by Peoples Gas (a subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc.). 

FERC determined that construction and operation of the project would result in some limited adverse environmental impacts, but impacts would not be significant with the implementation of Eagle LNG’s proposed and FERC’s recommended mitigation measures.

The principal reasons for this determination are:

  • The LNG terminal site would be in an area currently zoned for industrial use, and is along an existing, maintained ship channel in the St. Johns River.
  • Eagle LNG would minimise impacts on natural and cultural resources during construction and operation of the project by implementing its project-specific upland erosion control, revegetation, and maintenance plan and wetland and waterbody construction and mitigation procedures, and other project-specific plans.
  • The siting requirements of DOT for the project, the LOR issued by the Coast Guard for the LNG marine traffic associated with the project, FERC staff’s preliminary engineering review and recommendations for the project, and the regulatory requirements for the project would avoid a significant increase in public safety risks.
  • FERC would complete all appropriate consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service regarding federally listed threatened and endangered species before construction would be allowed to begin.
  • FERC has included a recommended condition requiring that Eagle LNG file documentation of concurrence from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that the project is consistent with the Florida Coastal Zone Management Program prior to construction.
  • Eagle LNG would comply with all applicable air and noise requirements during construction and operation of the project.
  • An environmental inspection programme would be implemented to ensure compliance with the mitigation measures that become conditions of the FERC authorisation.

In addition, FERC developed project-specific mitigation measures that Eagle LNG should implement to further reduce the environmental impacts of the project, including recommendations specific to engineering, vulnerability, and detailed design of the LNG terminal, and ongoing recommendations relating to inspections, reporting, notification, and non-scheduled events that would apply throughout the life of the LNG terminal facility.

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