Texas LNG Brownsville has received a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review (SER) from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The notice sets the anticipated dates for issuance of its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Federal Authorisation Decision Deadline for Texas LNG’s proposed 2 train, 4 million tonnes per annum (Mmtpa) LNG export facility located in the Port of Brownsville, Texas.
The FEIS and Federal Authorisation Decision Deadline are the final major steps in the FERC process before issuance of the FERC Order. Based on the FEIS date and timelines of other approved LNG export projects, Texas LNG expects to receive its Final FERC Order authorising construction and operation of its facility in the second half of 2019, in accordance with previously announced recent estimates.
The SER is an important milestone as it communicates FERC’s high confidence schedule for Texas LNG’s completion of the National Environmental Policy Act process, and for all agencies involved in federal permitting approval to complete their review. As per FERC’s expected timeline, Texas LNG will receive its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”) in October 2018, and FEIS by March 15, 2019. Other agencies issuing federal authorisations have 90 days to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a federal authorisation. The Federal Authorisation Decision Deadline is June 13, 2019.
Estimated Texas LNG Project Timeline:
October 2018 – Draft Environmental Impact Statement
March 2019 – Final Environmental Impact Statement
June 2019 – Federal Authorisation Decision Deadline
Late 2019 – Final Investment Decision
Early 2020 – Commence Construction
2023/2024 – Begin Operations Phase 1, 2 Mmtpa
Texas LNG has secured long-term offtake MOU/term sheets from LNG buyers in China, Southeast Asia and Europe, and will begin pre-FID Detailed Engineering with Samsung Engineering and KBR upon closing of its final Pre-FID development capital funding round which is currently underway.
For more information, visit: www.texaslng.com
4th September 2018