Cheniere Holds Open Season on Proposed Gas Project
Cheniere Energy is holding a non-binding open season for a proposed new natural gas transportation project called the Louisiana Natural Gas Header. This project would link growing demand markets in the Southeast with new incremental natural gas supplies sourced from multiple LNG import terminals existing and under construction in and around Louisiana. The Louisiana Natural Gas Header would also be able to interconnect with existing pipeline infrastructure, providing shippers with access to wellhead natural gas supply sources, including offshore, onshore conventional and recently developed unconventional resources.
As currently contemplated, the pipeline would involve the construction of approximately 330 miles of up to 42-inch diameter pipeline commencing at a point in Beauregard Parish near Dequincy, Louisiana to a point of interconnect with the Florida Gas Transmission pipeline near its Station 11 in Mobile County, Alabama. Cheniere anticipates that the project could be placed into service as early as mid 2010.
"By 2010, nearly 10 Bcf/d of LNG regasification capacity will be placed into service in Southwest Louisiana and neighboring Southeast Texas. Combining new incremental supply with traditional production area access, the Louisiana Natural Gas Header will offer shippers supply diversity unlike any other greenfield project opportunity," said Stan Horton, President and COO. "This project would also alleviate increasing natural gas demand in the Southeast primarily driven by electric generation. In recent months, the Florida Public Service Commission has rejected proposals for two new ultra-supercritical pulverized coal generation units representing nearly 2,000 megawatts of new capacity planned to meet near-term demand growth. Over the next ten-year planning horizon, incremental natural gas necessary to satisfy new electric generation in the Florida market alone is very conservatively estimated at 1 Bcf/d."
Cheniere Energy Partners will hold a non-binding open season from November 15, 2007 to 5:00 p.m. (CST) on January 15, 2008 to gauge interest from prospective shippers.
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