Pascagoula Expansion project gets FERC approval

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, July 21 -- Williams Partners LP and Florida Gas Transmission announced July 21 approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of a proposal to connect the existing Transco and FGT natural gas pipeline systems with the new Gulf LNG Clean Energy import terminal under development near Pascagoula, Miss.

The Pascagoula project, being jointly developed by Transco and FGT, will consist of about 15.54 miles of 26-in. OD pipeline in portions of Mobile County, Ala. (4.59 miles), and Jackson County, Miss. (10.95 miles). The $59 million project will have the capacity to transport roughly 810,000 MMbtu/day of gas by its in-service date of Autumn 2011. The companies expect to begin construction in April 2011.

The Gulf LNG Clean Energy import terminal is also scheduled to enter service in Autumn 2011.

The $1.1 billion terminal will feature two full-containment storage tanks with combined capacity of 6.6 bcf and have a 1.3 bcfd base send-out capacity. Capacity is fully contracted under two 20-year firm service agreements.

Gulf LNG, a joint venture of El Paso, Crest, and Sonangol, is adjacent to the Bayou Casotte Ship Channel in the Port of Pascagoula.

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