Jordan Cove Energy Project LP and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline LP filed an application last Tuesday at FERC for approval to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and an associated interstate pipeline system to meet natural gas demand in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and northern Nevada.

Jordan Cove Energy, a limited partnership between an affiliate of Alberta-based Fort Chicago Energy Partners LP and Energy Projects Development LLC, is seeking to build the terminal at the International Port of Coos Bay, OR. The project calls for the construction of a marine berth; two storage tankers with a total 6.4 Bcf of capacity; regasification and sendout capacity of 1 Bcf/d; an electric power plant; and a natural gas liquids extraction facility to recover propane and butane.

Pacific Connector proposes to build a 230-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline to transport up to 1 Bcf/d from the proposed Jordan Cove terminal to markets in the region. The pipeline would interconnect with Williams' Northwest Pipeline near Myrtle Creek, OR; Avista Corp.'s distribution system near Shady Cove, OR; and the systems of Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Tuscarora Gas Transmission and Gas Transmission Northwest, all located near Malin, OR.

Pacific Connector said it has entered into agreements with seven customers for the full capacity of the pipeline project. The two companies expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the related projects by the fall of 2008, with commercial operations to start in late fall of 2011.

The proposed pipeline is a limited partnership between Williams Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline LLC, PG&E Strategic Capital Inc. and an affiliate of Fort Chicago Energy Partners, Fort Chicago LNG II US LP.

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