Tidelands Unit Considers California LNG Site

Esperanza Energy, a newly formed subsidiary of Tidelands Oil & Gas, announced Tuesday that the company is evaluating the feasibility of developing an offshore, deepwater Southern California liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal.

Although a specific site off the Southern California coast has not been determined at present, the company is focusing its evaluation on several potential sites up to 12 miles offshore of the greater Long Beach area.

"Our goal is to develop a LNG import terminal that can play an important role in meeting California's growing energy needs by providing competitively priced natural gas to supplement that which is currently transported into the state by long-distance pipelines," stated Michael Ward, Esperanza Energy's president. "Esperanza will only pursue this project if it can be sited, designed, and operated in the safest, most environmentally responsible and economically viable manner possible. Our goal is not to just meet the environmental, public health, and safety requirements, but to exceed them."

Esperanza Energy is initiating a project feasibility study with the assistance of the following LNG, environmental, pipeline, and legal experts:

  • David Maul, former manager of the California Energy Commission's Natural Gas Office and president of Maul Energy Advisors
  • ENTRIX, a professional environmental consulting company specializing in environmental permitting and compliance for major offshore oil and gas projects in California and the U.S.
  • Project Consulting Services, a provider of engineering, construction, management, and inspection of onshore and offshore pipelines
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, an interdisciplinary law firm with practices in environmental, land use, and energy legal advice and in project development and finance.

"As the former head of the California Energy Commission's Natural Gas Office, I'm intimately familiar with every LNG project on the West Coast," stated Maul. "I chose to work with Esperanza Energy because of the company's strong commitment to design and build a LNG project that is responsive to California's unique environmental and regulatory sensitivities."

Maul added that his company's preliminary analysis suggests that a site offshore the Long Beach area would offer considerable benefits to California residents with the greatest respect for environmental and safety issues. "Before selecting a specific site for developmental consideration, we will confer with key local, regional, and state stakeholders," he concluded.