The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued its notice of schedule for environmental review of Oregon LNG’s Warrenton, Oregon bi-directional terminal. The notice also covers the Oregon Pipeline connector project and the upgrade of a portion of the Williams Company pipeline in Washington State.
The notice set 12 February 2016 as the date of issuance of the final environmental impact statement, and 12 May 2016 as the 90-day Federal authorization decision deadline. These dates represent the final steps in the FERC approval process.
Oregon LNG’s terminal in Oregon would be a US$6.3 billion construction project that would provide 3000 jobs during construction, and 150 permanent family-wage jobs when operational. Oregon LNG has agreed to use unionized labor for construction, while preserving a certain percentage of contracts for local and minority-owned businesses. Once in service, the facility will pay about $60 million annually in state property taxes.
The terminal site is adjacent to the federally-maintained Columbia River shipping channel, on an existing man-made peninsula that has long been reserved for use by heavy, marine-dependent industries. The project will require the shortest connecting pipeline of any LNG project on the West Coast and will provide transportation costs to markets in North Asia that are roughly 33% of the transportation cost from projects located on the Gulf of Mexico.
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