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Florida LNG Peak-Shaving Project Gets Environmental Nod

FERC Friday issued a favorable final environmental review of Floridian Natural Gas Storage Co. LLC's (FGS) proposal to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility in Southeast Florida.

"We conclude that with the use of FGS' proposed mitigation and our recommended mitigation measures, construction and operation of the proposed facilities would have limited adverse environmental impact," the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said in a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) on the project [CP08-13]. The favorable FEIS puts the storage company one step away from receiving a certificate.

Floridian Natural Gas submitted its application to construct the LNG storage facility in November (see NGI, Nov. 12, 2007). It would be Florida's first LNG storage facility.

The peak-shaving facility would be sited on a 145-acre Florida Steel Superfund site near Indiantown in Martin County, FL. The project would consist of two full-containment LNG storage tanks, each with a capacity of 184,750 cubic meters; a liquefaction system capable of processing 100 MMcf/d; a vaporization system capable of processing 800 MMcf/d; and a natural gas liquids storage system with the ability to store up to 240,000 gallons of heavy hydrocarbons.

Depending on contractual commitments, Floridian Natural Gas said it may construct the two storage tanks in separate phases. The targeted in-service date for the project is May 2011, according to the company.

Floridian Natural Gas also proposes to build new natural gas pipeline facilities in order to transport gas to and from the Gulfstream Natural Gas System and Florida Gas System (via a Florida Power & Light lateral).

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