The project, which would be built in San Patricio and Nueces counties, TX, would include a new marine terminal basin connected to the La Quinta Channel with one protected berth to unload about 140 ships per year (two to three per week). It would include two storage tanks with working volume of 160,000 cubic meters, LNG vaporization equipment capable of vaporizing 1 Bcf/d of LNG, and 26 miles of 26-inch diameter pipeline with nine interconnections with existing interstate and intrastate pipelines north of Sinton, TX.
The project would be a massive undertaking, impacting nearly 490 acres of land and water. It also would be located about 1.2 miles west of existing residences in the City of Ingleside and two miles northwest of residences in the community of Ingleside on the Bay. The most prominent visual features would be the 178-foot above-ground storage tanks, which are 253 feet in diameter. The project also would be located within Texas' designated coastal zone management area. The Texas Railroad Commission has not yet issued a coastal zone consistency determination on the project.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said some of the reason's supporting its decision include the following:
Currently there are two other LNG terminals planned for the La Quinta Channel in the Corpus Christi Bay area: Cheniere Energy's Corpus Christi LNG project and ExxonMobil's Vista del Sol LNG terminal. Although these three LNG projects are on similar schedules, FERC is preparing separate EISs for each of the projects.
"The Commission does not consider these proposed facilities mutually exclusive alternatives to the Ingleside Energy Center LNG project," FERC said, but "rather as new sources that could help satisfy the increasing regional and national demand for natural gas."
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