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State responds to last of FERC’s initial data requests

Waits on EIS schedule


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This update, provided by the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor’s office, is part of an ongoing effort to help keep the public informed about the Alaska LNG project.

The state corporation in charge of permitting, financing and building an Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline project is busy while waiting: busy answering hundreds of questions that started rolling in three months ago from federal regulators, and busy preparing for its first presentation to state legislators since February on October 16 and its first board meeting in more than two months on October 23.

Meanwhile, the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) is waiting for two essential pieces in its development plan:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to release a schedule for preparation of its environmental impact statement for the Alaska LNG project.

Customers willing to sign multi-year deals to pay for the proposed gas treatment plant, pipeline and liquefaction plant, estimated at about $40 billion to $45 billion in construction dollars.

The corporation on September 20 responded to FERC’s last round of initial data requests after regulators reviewed AGDC’s project application filed in April. Though the state corporation addressed each one of the more than 340 most recent requests, most of the responses provided a date in the future—between November 2017 and February 2018—when the state will provide the detailed information requested by FERC.

In its data requests, FERC asks for the information within 20 days—or a schedule for when the data will be provided.

The September 20 filing was the third batch of responses submitted by AGDC. The first two were filed in July and August. FERC’s three data requests this summer totaled about 175 pages with more than 800 questions — not a surprising volume for a project the size of Alaska LNG, with its North Slope gas treatment plant, 807 miles of gas pipeline through the state, and massive liquefaction plant, LNG storage and marine terminal on Cook Inlet.

Although federal regulators have completed their initial review of the Alaska project application and submitted their initial data requests to AGDC, follow-up requests for more information or clarifications are expected during the EIS process.

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