Chevron Files FERC Application for Casotte Landing LNG Project

Chevron says that its Bayou Casotte Energy LLC subsidiary has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to own, construct and operate a natural gas import terminal (Casotte Landing) in Jackson County, Miss. When complete, the LNG terminal will increase the delivery of natural gas supplies to the United States.

The proposed Casotte Landing project, to be located adjacent to the Chevron-owned Pascagoula Refinery, will process imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) for distribution to industrial, commercial and residential customers in Mississippi and the Southeast region, including the growing Florida market. The terminal, with an initial processing capacity of 1.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, will be designed and operated to rigorous safety standards.

John Gass, Chevron Global Gas president, said, "This project can help meet the projected increase in demand for energy in the United States. Recent events have underscored the critical need for reliable and diverse supplies of natural gas and the important role increased LNG imports can play in the energy future of this country."

Gass added, "As Chevron has demonstrated through its participation in the FERC pre-filing process, the company is committed to working with the community and government as we move forward with the project. We place the highest priority on the health and safety of our work force and protection of our assets, the environment and the surrounding community."

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said, "I welcome and support Chevron's plans to invest in vital natural gas infrastructure that will help meet the future energy needs of Mississippi and the Southeast. This good news will be very important in helping the Mississippi Gulf Coast recover from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

"I applaud Chevron for demonstrating its commitment to Mississippi," said Barbour. "Adding LNG to the energy mix strengthens Mississippi's position as a key player in providing critical energy infrastructure and resources for the United States."

Roland Kell, Pascagoula Refinery general manager, said, "Chevron's decision to move ahead with the regulatory process demonstrates our continued commitment to Jackson County. Chevron has a long and proud history in Mississippi where it has safely owned and operated the Pascagoula Refinery for more than 40 years. We look forward to building on this legacy."