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FERC Drops Quoddy LNG Consideration for Lack of Data

FERC has suspended review of the Quoddy Bay LNG Import Project, a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Washington County, ME, because project backers have said they are unable to provide requested information, the Commission said Friday.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had sought information regarding a proposed revision to the project's vaporizer facilities, but Quoddy Bay LLC said it could not provide the information.

"Additionally, your filings state that the project design may be altered further pending negotiations with LNG suppliers and investigation into the use of additional mitigation measures," FERC informed Quoddy via letter. "Without complete responses to these requests, we cannot proceed with our engineering review or with the preparation of the draft environmental impact statement. If in the future Quoddy Bay is able to finalize its design and provide the previously requested information, we will reinitiate the processing of Quoddy Bay's application for the Quoddy Bay LNG Import Project."

Quoddy's proposal is for a 2 Bcf LNG import terminal at Split Rock and a storage project in Perry, ME. The 15-acre site abuts the Passamaquoddy and Cobscook bays. The Project includes a 35.8-mile-long gas pipeline from the LNG terminal to the interstate gas pipeline in the Town of Princeton, ME. The terminal would be located at the Pleasant Point Reservation of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

"The Quoddy Bay LNG Project has two core goals: to provide the Passamaquoddy Tribe with a source of economic growth and independence and to supply New England with natural gas to meet growing demand with a reliable supply," according to the company. However, some members of the tribe have fought the project (see Daily GPI, Sept. 20, 2007).

A Quoddy spokesman told NGI Friday afternoon that the company would have a response to the news later in the day.

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