Road easement hopes to spur Port Arthur LNG expansion project
BEAUMONT — Jefferson County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a road easement agreement with Port Arthur LNG for the relocation of a section of Texas Highway 87.
Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said the agreement allows PALNG to cross into county property near Keith Lake, which is necessary for the associated work.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held in mid-November for the relocation of the stretch of highway near Keith Lake.
The relocation is intended to reduce the impact of erosion and flooding and provide a safer route away from the Intracoastal Waterway.
Clearing the riverfront was a necessary step toward a final investment decision by the middle of 2020 for a liquefied natural gas expansion project.
The company, a division of Sempra LNG, is paying $140 million for the road reconstruction and donating the stretch of highway to the state of Texas.
Port Arthur LNG, in return, will receive the old right-of-way.
In other business, commissioners entered into a contract with SETEX Construction Corporation for repairs to the Ford Park Midway.
Commissioners authorized approximately $124,000 of $500,000 budgeted to go for the work to realign culverts and stabilize the ground. Commissioners will revisit the issue next week.
The status of the ongoing fire at TPC Group Port Neches Operations as of Tuesday afternoon had not changed much... read more