Port Arthur Pipeline – Texas Connector
Port Arthur Pipeline, LLC, is proposing to develop a natural gas pipeline in connection with the proposed development of the Port Arthur Liquefaction Project.
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Location : Jefferson and Orange Counties, Texas and Cameron Parish, Louisiana
Capacity : 2.0 Bcfd
Size : 34.2 miles, 42-inch diameter pipeline
Projected Commercial Operation : 2022
Port Arthur Pipeline, LLC, a subsidiary of Sempra LNG, is proposing to develop a natural gas pipeline in connection with the proposed development of the Port Arthur Liquefaction Project by Port Arthur LNG, LLC, and PALNG Common Facilities in Jefferson County, Texas. The proposed Port Arthur Pipeline Project – Texas Connector (PAPTC) would consist of two segments oriented north and south of the proposed liquefaction project.
The 27.6-mile northern portion of the proposed PAPTC project would extend from Vidor in Orange County, TX to the proposed liquefaction project, with the majority of the proposed pipeline co-located with existing energy infrastructure rights-of-way. The approximately seven-mile southern portion of the proposed Pipeline Project would originate in Cameron Parish, Louisiana on the east bank of Sabine Lake and terminate at the Port Arthur Liquefaction Project.
The proposed PAPTC project would interconnect the Port Arthur Liquefaction Project to various intra- and interstate pipelines, providing access to a number of major U.S. natural gas supply basins.
The following facilities will be constructed as part of the Pipeline Project:
Proposed Project Schedule
Project development and Front End Engineering Design (FEED) activities began in 2014. In March 2015, the project initiated pre-filing review with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The project submitted a FERC application on November 29,2016 and anticipates FERC authorization by December 2018. Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2019, with commercial operations expected to begin in fourth quarter of 2023.
FERC staff is in the process of reviewing our filing and providing comments. The development of the pipeline project will also be regulated by the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT-PHMSA). Other federal, state and local agencies will be involved in the review and/or permitting of the Pipeline Project, as applicable.
Development of the Port Arthur Liquefaction Project and the Pipeline Project – Texas Connector is contingent upon completing the required commercial agreements, securing all necessary permits and approvals, obtaining financing and incentives, achieving other customary conditions, reaching a final investment decision and other factors associated with the investments.
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