Oklahoma-based Quoddy Bay LLC said it has initiated the environmental pre-filing process at FERC for its proposed $500 million LNG import terminal, which would be located at Split Rock, ME, on the Sipayik reservation of the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Washington County.

The 15-acre site near Pleasant Point, ME, abuts the Passamaquoddy and Cobscook Bays. A proposed pipeline would carry the LNG about one mile to a storage facility planned in the town of Perry, ME, where it would be regasified at a rate of up to 800 MMcf/d and then transported through another longer pipeline to the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline.

Besides paying up to 85% of Perry’s tax revenues, Quoddy Bay has also offered the town a $1 million economic development package. The Passamaquoddy tribe, which would host the facility, would receive lease payments of up to $12 million a year.

Quoddy Bay said it is seeking to begin construction in 2007 and to be in operation in 2010. The company said the project will create 500 jobs during construction and 70 full-time jobs after it is completed.

“We’re thrilled to initiate the structured, transparent, federal permitting process to bring this significant development to Maine,” said Brian Smith, Quoddy Bay project manager.

Two other developers have also expressed interest in building LNG terminals on Passamaquoddy Bay (see Daily GPI, July 13, Oct. 3). Maine-based Calais LNG hopes to build a terminal in Calais with a capacity of 1 Bcf/d. Downeast LNG of Washington, D.C., said it hopes to build a terminal with half that capacity in Robbinston, ME.

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