FERC staff has issued a favorable final environmental impact statement for the Magnolia LNG LLC liquefied natural gas export terminal proposed for Lake Charles, LA, and the associated pipeline expansion facilities of Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline LLC (KMLP).

Environmental and other impacts of the project would be less than significant provided that proposed and recommended mitigation measures are taken, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff said [CP14-511; CP14-347].

Magnolia made its application at the Commission in April 2014 and a draft environmental impact statement was issued in July (see Daily GPI, July 17). In June 2014 KMLP applied to expand its pipeline to allow delivery of natural gas to the project after striking an agreement with Magnolia (see Daily GPI, Jan. 29, 2014).

Last July it was announced that Meridian LNG Holdings Corp. had signed up for 2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of tolling capacity at the Magnolia terminal (see Daily GPI, July 23).

Magnolia is a project of LNG Ltd., which also is planning an export terminal in Nova Scotia (see Daily GPI, Nov. 3, 2014; March 7, 2014). The Magnolia terminal in Louisiana is expected to include four trains, two LNG storage tanks, each with a capacity of 160,000 cubic meters, and vessel loading facilities.