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Sabal Trail ready amid resistance; Ore. tribes criticize Jordan Cove's response

Sabal Trail pipeline poised for service as opponents resist

The WWALS Watershed Coalition asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny any requests to place into service the large Southeast Market Pipelines natural gas infrastructure project, which includes Sabal Trail Transmission LLC's approximately 1.1 Bcf/d pipeline project, in a last-ditch effort to halt the project.

The request is unlikely to succeed, because FERC approved both the project concept and construction stages along the way. The commission issued a certificate order for the Sabal Trail project and two sister projects Feb. 2, 2016, and construction on the Sabal Trail pipeline is now complete.

In a May 25 letter posted on May 26, WWALS Watershed Coalition asked the commission to "stay, stop, or deny" all requests to place any part of the project's facilities into service, and also revoke the project's certificate order. The environmental group disputed the need for the pipeline project, its connection to LNG exports, its legal status and its environmental record.

Ore. tribes criticize Jordan Cove's 'frustrating' response to their concerns

A group of Oregon tribes told the developer of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export project that it is unsatisfied with how the company has communicated with the tribes about concerns over culturally significant land.

The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw said in a May 26 letter to Jordan Cove President and CEO Elizabeth Spomer that they were upset with the developer's response to their concerns over the protection of cultural resources.

"It is frustrating to receive what boils down to a boiler-plate reply that was sent to all Oregon tribal governments rather than engaging in meaningful discussions regarding our detailed concerns," said Stacy Scott, tribal historic preservation officer and cultural resources protection specialist with the group. The tribes have repeatedly weighed in on Jordan Cove's plans for a natural gas liquefaction and export terminal and associated 233-mile greenfield pipeline.

Sabine Pass ready to introduce feed gas to train 4 at LNG export terminal

Cheniere Energy Inc. asked federal regulators for permission to introduce feed gas to the fourth liquefaction train at the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana, as the plant moves toward an expected November in-service date.

Sabine Pass LNG LP and Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a May 26 request for approval as soon as possible, but no later than June 2, in order for commissioning activities to remain on schedule. The developer sought a similar authorization for train 3 on Oct. 26, 2016, and received permission Nov. 8, 2016. The third train officially entered service on March 21.

US gas demand, supply unchanged versus prior week

Natural gas demand and supply in the U.S. were flat during the week that ended May 24, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its latest "Natural Gas Weekly Update" released May 25.

Power-sector demand for natural gas logged a 5% increase relative to the prior week level as it climbed from 24.5 Bcf/d to 25.7 Bcf/d, while residential/commercial-sector gas consumption notched an 11% decline over the same period, falling from 12.2 Bcf/d to 10.8 Bcf/d. Industrial-sector gas demand was steady week over week at an average 20.0 Bcf/d.

Natural gas exports to Mexico reportedly clawed 1% higher from the week-ago level to average at 4.2 Bcf/d. Natural gas pipeline flows to the Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal were also reportedly flat versus the prior-week figure at an average 2.1 Bcf/d, with three vessels carrying a combined 10.2 Bcf of LNG seen to have left the terminal from May 18 to May 24 and one vessel with an LNG-carrying capacity of 3.6 Bcf seen loading at the terminal May 24.

Venture Global raises $81.4M in 6th round of funding for LNG terminals

Venture Global LNG raised $81.4 million of capital in a private placement, bringing aggregate funding for its LNG export facilities in Louisiana to $361 million.

It was Venture Global's sixth round of equity investment. "This private placement represents the capital markets continued confidence in our ability to execute on our development of 30 million tons of LNG production," Mike Sabel and Bob Pender, co-CEOs of Venturel Global, said in a May 25 news release.