FERC last week agreed to review a proposal by Houston-based Gulf LNG Energy LLC to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal and associated gas facilities along the Gulf Coast at Pascagoula, MS, under the agency’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) pre-filing process.

The $450 million project, once operational, will have the capacity to process an average of 1 Bcf/d of LNG, according to the company. It expects construction on the project to start in 2006, with the terminal becoming operational by 2009.

A company spokesman was unable to say when Gulf LNG Energy would file a project application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Gulf LNG Energy has executed an agreement with the Port of Pascagoula for the right to build the LNG terminal on lands in Bayou Casotte that are owned or controlled by the Jackson County Port Authority. The site will occupy approximately 40 acres and be surrounded by open water and more than 200 acres of unoccupied land controlled by the Port of Pascagoula.

In addition to being remotely located, the site has access to four major pipelines serving the Northeast and three gas pipelines serving Florida and the Southeast, the company said. The site also is within close distance to substantial underground gas storage capacity opportunities as well as gas processing plants, it noted.

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