Cheniere gets extension for Train 6 at Sabine Pass LNG, maintains timeline
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted an extension for Cheniere Energy Inc. to complete a sixth natural gas liquefaction train at its Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana, an expansion project that the developer said remains on track to enter commercial service in the first half of 2023. Cheniere did not announce a final investment decision on the sixth train until June, meaning there was not enough time for the facility to be constructed before the expiration of the original FERC authorization on April 6, 2020.
Jordan Cove developers challenge route shift that FERC staff backed
Developers of the Jordan Cove LNG project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline are pushing back against a pipeline route alternative that FERC staff recommended in a recent environmental report. The proposed route change would increase the number of private lands crossed, potentially adding to land acquisition needed for the project, which has faced a series of permitting challenges at the federal, state and local levels.
FERC OKs 2 changes to oil pipeline tariff to address constraints of Midwest pipe
FERC on Dec. 5 approved two oil pipeline tariff amendments, following the start of its alternative dispute resolution process aimed at alleviating propane pipeline constraints in the Midwest. Oil and gas transportation companies Oneok North System LLC and Enterprise TE Products Pipeline Co. LLC filed their appeals to FERC on Nov. 26 after receiving requests from shippers, according to a news release.
DC Circuit to review ruling on landowner 'limbo' in gas pipeline cases
In a case that could have implications for the timing of natural gas pipeline construction, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has agreed to reconsider a ruling on whether FERC practices deprive property owners of a fair process in natural gas pipeline cases. In response to a judge's critique of the situation faced by landowners, FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee in September announced he had directed FERC staff to prioritize making decisions on rehearing orders within 30 days on the "narrow set of rehearing requests involving landowner rights."