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FERC delays vote that could have approved 1st LNG export project in 2 years

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission delayed a vote on Venture Global LNG's proposed Calcasieu Pass natural gas liquefaction terminal in Louisiana, which could have been the first authorization of a new LNG export facility by the agency in two years. Chairman Neil Chatterjee's decision to strike the item from the FERC agenda ahead of a Dec. 20 meeting, as well as a small Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. pipeline project, implied that the commission lacked the votes to advance the projects, the research firm ClearView Energy Partners said in a note to clients.

FERC OKs Millennium Pipeline request to place parts of NY expansion in service

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC to place parts of its 223,000-Dth/d Eastern System Upgrade project on its New York natural gas transportation system in service. FERC staff in a Dec 19 letter allowed the pipeline company to place in service its Hancock compressor station in Delaware County, N.Y., and its Ramapo metering and regulating station in Rockland County, N.Y., based on the commission's inspection of the company's construction and restoration activities.

FERC members weigh in on NERC retirement report, McNamee recusals

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members discussed a significant new report on accelerated power plant retirements at the agency's latest monthly meeting Dec. 20, with one commissioner voicing worries over the study's methodology. But FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee largely demurred on whether new commissioner Bernard McNamee should recuse himself from certain proceedings before the agency, given his past involvement in a U.S. Department of Energy proposal FERC later struck down.

Dominion hoping to expand gas pipeline system to fuel new power plant in Ohio

Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a gas pipeline expansion project that would provide 150,000 Dth/d of firm transportation service for a new gas-fired power plant in eastern Ohio. The gas transmission subsidiary of Dominion Energy Inc. on Dec. 18 filed an abbreviated application with FERC to build its West Loop project, which includes facilities in Beaver and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania and Carroll County, Ohio.

Cheniere seeks to start commissioning work at Corpus Christi's 2nd LNG train

Cheniere Energy Inc. asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to begin testing on the second train of its Corpus Christi LNG export terminal in Texas, a development that came within weeks of shipping the first cargo from the first train. Work on the second train, which would have a capacity of 4.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG, is part of a major ramp-up looming for Cheniere in terms of production.

FERC grants Golden Pass' request to transfer LNG authorization

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Golden Pass Products LLC and Golden Pass LNG Terminal's request to transfer Golden Pass Products' federal authorization to Golden Pass LNG. FERC ruled Dec. 20 that transferring the authorization for the Texas LNG export project is in the public interest and said it will have no environmental impacts on the surrounding areas.