Draft study okays Elba Island LNG expansion

El Paso Corp.'s proposed expansion of the Elba Island LNG terminal and associated facilities near Savannah, Ga., would do minimal environmental harm, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's staff said in a draft environmental impact statement.

Nick Snow
Washington Correspondent

WASHINGTON, DC, Apr. 2 -- El Paso Corp.'s proposed expansion of the Elba Island LNG terminal and associated facilities near Savannah, Ga., would do minimal environmental harm, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's staff said in a draft environmental impact statement.

The project includes expansion of the existing LNG terminal, about 187 miles of new pipeline in Georgia and South Carolina, a 10,000-hp compressor station in Georgia, and associated facilities (OGJ, Oct. 23, 2006, Newsletter). El Paso subsidiaries Southern LNG Inc., Elba Express Co. LLC, and Southern Natural Gas Co. are the sponsors.

SNG will add 8.4 bcf of storage capacity and 900 MMcfd of sendout capacity to the installation, effectively doubling both elements there. It also will modify docking facilities to accommodate larger vessels.

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