Liberty Natural Gas LLC has filed an application with FERC to build an onshore pipeline to transport regasified liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a proposed deepwater port off the coast of New Jersey to northeastern markets.

The proposed onshore pipeline, which would be 9.2 miles long, would accept gas from a submerged pipeline that would tie in with Liberty's deepwater port, which would be 16.2 miles offshore along the New Jersey coastline. The onshore pipeline would be designed to transport up to 2.4 Bcf/d of gas to markets in New Jersey, New York and surrounding areas. The Jersey City, NJ-based company said it expects the pipeline, which it estimates will cost $550 million, to be in service by late 2011.

The onshore pipeline would extend from the high water mark on the shoreline in Amboy, NJ, to Linden, NJ, interconnections with the interstate pipeline systems of Texas Eastern Transmission LP and Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co.

In conjunction with the application filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Liberty Natural Gas also filed an application for a license to construct and operate its deepwater port and submerged pipeline with the Maritime Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard. The proposed port, which would remain fully submerged when not in use, would be served by LNG regasification vessels that would transport LNG from around the world and would regasify the LNG onboard when they reach the port.

The regasified LNG would then be transported through the proposed port and submerged pipeline to the onshore pipeline.

Liberty Natural Gas is affiliated with Excalibur Energy Inc., a 50-50 joint venture of Canadian Superior Energy Inc. and Global LNG Inc., a New York-based privately held company.

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