Woodside Says Public Review of California LNG Facility Begins

A public review of Woodside’s proposed OceanWay liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving facility off Los Angeles has begun after an application for a deepwater port license was formally "deemed complete" by US regulatory authorities.

The classification of the application as complete by the US Coast Guard and the City of Los Angeles is an important step in the permitting process, and signals the beginning of the environmental assessment of the project.

Woodside Natural Gas Inc, a wholly owned US subsidiary of Woodside Petroleum Ltd., lodged its application with the US Coast Guard and the City of Los Angeles in August 2006.

The OceanWay project would see LNG converted back to natural gas at sea on board a regasification tanker, which would unload its cargo through two underwater buoys located 45km off the coast of Los Angeles.

The buoys would be connected to undersea pipelines feeding into the existing Southern California pipeline infrastructure near Los Angeles International Airport.