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First West Coast LNG Export Facility Gets Critical Federal OK
"If approved, Jordan Cove LNG and Pacific Connector [Gas Pipeline Project] would construct a natural gas liquefaction and export facility with an adjacent [420 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power] plant, along with a 232-mile natural gas pipeline stretching from Malin [Klamath County] to the terminal," writes James Cronin for the Portland Business Journal.
While the approval was critical, more are necessary before construction can begin.
“Most importantly, we know Oregon has the legal authority and ample reasons to reject this project, and we are counting on Governor [Kate] Brown to stand up for all Oregonians.”
Western Environmental Law Center explains the interesting economic background of LNG facility that reflects the transition of the United States from a major energy consumer to a major producer (as well as a consumer).
Initially, the project was planned to allow for natural gas to be imported at the Jordan Cove terminal then piped to California and Nevada markets. But the project changed in September 2011 to export LNG from Canada and the US Rocky Mountain region to markets in Asia.
The administration has given communities along the Gulf Coast and East Coast the opportunity to access overseas markets," Barrasso said in a statement. "It must not leave the West behind."
All of the approved LNG export facilities [PDF] in the U.S. are along the Gulf Coast plus one in Cove Point, Maryland.
But approvals alone do not guarantee construction of these facilities.
"Plummeting crude oil prices have dimmed prospects for soon-to-start U.S. liquefied natural gas exports, Bank of America Corp. said in a note to clients [on Aug. 24]," wrote Christine Buurma for Bloomberg News on Aug. 25.
A July study from Brookings Institution concluded that competition from foreign LNG competitors would also suppress construction of new U.S. LNG export facilities, according to a June article in FuelFix.
- United States
- Community / Economic Development
- Government / Politics
- Coos Bay
- Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
- Wind Energy
- Offshore Wind Farms
- U.S. Department of Energy
- Principle Power
- Jordan Cove LNG
- Environmental Impact Statement
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- Gov. Kate Brown
- Natural Gas Pipelines
- Natural Gas Exports
- Western Environmental Law Center
- Power Plants
- Department of Energy
- Low Oil Prices
- Klamath County