FERC has authorized U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) developer Venture Global LNG Inc. to place into service a pipeline to deliver feed gas to the company’s Calcasieu Pass export facility, currently under construction in Louisiana.
In a letter filed Wednesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cleared Venture Global’s TransCameron pipeline to enter service based on the company’s recent construction reports and photo documentation.
“We find that TransCameron has adequately stabilized the construction workspaces and that restoration is proceeding satisfactorily,” Rich McGuire, director of FERC’s Gas – Environment and Engineering division, wrote in the letter.
In its request submitted last month, Venture Global said the pipeline was mechanically complete and would be ready to flow gas by Wednesday.
The 24-mile, 42-inch-diameter TransCameron pipeline extends eastward from the Calcasieu Pass LNG facility to Grand Chenier, LA. There, it interconnects with TC Energy Corp.’s ANR Pipeline, Enbridge Inc.’s Texas Eastern Transmission Co. system, aka Tetco, and EnLink Midstream LLC’s Bridgeline system. Venture Global says it has contracted “long-term, firm, uninterruptible transport capacity” on each of the pipelines, connecting the TransCameron Pipeline to more than 2 Bcf/d of natural gas supply.
According to Venture Global’s website, the 10 million metric ton/year Calcasieu Pass LNG project is expected to come online in 2022. Bloomberg reported in March that Calcasieu Pass was already offering cargoes for loading between this October and December 2022.
The terminal is using smaller, or modular, liquefaction trains that are pre-fabricated and delivered for installation, which CEO Mike Sabel said last month has helped cut project costs. He added that peak construction, with about 3,000 workers on site, was expected to end in April.
Sabel also said at the time that six trains had already been installed, with the seventh and eighth units to be put in place in the following weeks.
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