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Texas LNG Files For Port of Brownsville Export Project

Texas LNG Brownsville LLC has filed at FERC for its 4 million tonne per annum (mtpa) liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal proposed for a 625-acre site at the Port of Brownsville in Texas.

The terminal would be fed via a yet-to-be-constructed intrastate pipeline accessing gas supplies from the Agua Dulce Hub about 150 miles to the north of Brownsville. The pipeline would potentially serve other LNG export terminals as well as industrial and power generation facilities and export markets in Mexico, Texas LNG told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [CP16-116].

The Agua Dulce Hub interconnects with interstate and intrastate pipelines such as Texas Eastern Transmission, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, facilities of Energy Transfer Partners and Enterprise Products Partners, Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America and Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line.

Texas LNG said it would not own the proposed pipeline from Agua Dulce to its planned facility. It is in talks with several intrastate pipeline companies "with the objective of securing a long-term agreement for firm pipeline transportation of the full quantity of natural gas required to supply" the project.

The LNG project would consist of two trains of 2 mtpa capacity each. The first phase would be constructed upon receipt of required approvals, and the second would be built upon receipt of sufficient expressions of customer demand, Texas LNG said. Each phase would be able to process about 0.309 Bcf/d of natural gas. The first phase would include a storage tank and a berth to accommodate a single LNG carrier. The second phase would include another storage tank and infrastructure necessary to connect it with the operating first phase facilities.

Free trade agreement country export authorization was granted for the project last year (see Daily GPISept. 25, 2015). "Texas LNG anticipates that the sources of natural gas will include supplies from various producing regions, including conventional gas and recent shale gas discoveries in the Rocky Mountain, Midcontinent and Permian regions," the U.S. Department of Energy said at the time [15-62-LNG]. "Texas LNG asserts that shale plays including the Haynesville, Eagle Ford, Barnett, Floyd-Neal/Conasauga shale plays are estimated to contain 553 Tcf of recoverable natural gas."

The Texas LNG project is not the only one proposed for the Port of Brownsville.

NextDecade LLC last year made a prefiling request at FERC for its Rio Grande Liquefied Natural Gas terminal proposed for the Port of Brownsville and associated Rio Bravo Pipeline project (see Daily GPIMarch 23, 2015March 9, 2015). Exelon Generation unit Annova LNG LLC made a pre-filing review request last year for its proposed Brownsville, too (see Daily GPIMarch 11, 2015).

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