Port Arthur LNG moves closer to start

Published 8:55 am Monday, April 2, 2018

When Port Arthur LNG completes its plant, two trains will produce tons of cargo export with plenty of room for expansion, company executive Marvin Ivy says.

He said the project is still waiting on the permits to be processed with the Federal Regulatory Commission. It will be built by Sempra LNG & Midstream and Woodside in Australia on 2,900 acres of land on Highway 87 in Sabine Pass.

The company expects final approval for the permits in late 2018 and will start construction in 2019. He said the city will have its fair share of profit under an Industrial Development Agreement.

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Ivy added the company wants to be involved in the community, create new jobs and a new tax base and be involved in the environment. Also, safety plays a big role in their projects, he added.

Ivy said he has been involved with Port Arthur for Sempra for 10 years. Some Port Arthur City Council members requested the company hire locally, particularly for construction jobs.

The project is estimated to create 3,500 on-site engineering and construction jobs at peak and 1,300 jobs over the four to five-year construction period. An estimated 100 full-time jobs will be created. Additional jobs would be created by the construction and operation of the proposed pipelines.

Information from the company read the proposed liquefaction project would be a low-cost liquefaction facility providing a reliable supply of liquefied natural gas to energy markets around the world.

“The project, as proposed in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission application, includes two natural gas liquefaction trains capable of producing, under optimal conditions, up to approximately 13.5 million metric tons per annum, up to three LNG storage tanks and ancillary support facilities to liquefy and load LNG onto ships,” the company says.

Furthermore, the project will use a portion of Sempra’s property in Sabine Pass that provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Port Arthur Pipeline is also proposing a new natural gas pipeline in Louisiana to safely and reliably deliver natural gas supplies to the proposed Port Arthur LNG liquefaction project.

“The 131-mile 42-inch diameter proposed pipeline will have an operating capacity of approximately 2 billion cubic feet per day,” company materials said. “The project will also include the construction of a compressor station, receipt metering stations, multiple interconnects and associated above and below ground equipment, including valves and launchers/receivers.”

The proposed pipeline will extend from an interconnect with Columbia Gas Transmission located northeast of Eunice, Louisiana in St. Landry Parish, following a route through St. Landry, Evangeline, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu and Cameron parishes as well as Orange and Jefferson counties.