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ConocoPhillips and Mitsubishi Corp.’s Sound Energy Solutions, Long Beach, CA

STATUS:  Killed

TYPE: Natural Gas

OPPOSITION:  Sen. Dianne Feinstein; California Public Utilities Commission; California Energy Commission; California Coastal Commission; members of the Long Beach City Council and neighborhood groups


BACKGROUND:  Sound Energy Solutions, a joint venture of ConocoPhillips and Mitsubishi Corporation, sought in July 2004 to construct a $750 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Pier T in the Port of Long Beach, California.  The terminal would have a send-out capacity of 700 million cubic feet of gas per day, with a peak capacity of 1 billion cubic feet per day.  Sound Energy Solutions hoped to have the facility built and operational by 2008.

Opponents raised safety concerns, in particular the risk of an explosion at the facility and the danger such an explosion would pose for the busiest cargo port in the nation.

On January 22, 2007, after four years of delays, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously to end the environmental review for the project, citing safety concerns.  The vote all but killed the project.  Sound Energy Solutions appealed the decision but the project has not moved forward.

SOURCES:  California Energy Commission (http://www.energy.ca.gov/lng/projects.html#long);
Los Angeles Times (http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jan/23/local/me-lng23);
AllBusiness (http://www.allbusiness.com/energy-utilities/oil-gas-industry-oil-processing-products/5667318-1.html).  

LAST UPDATED:  November 16, 2010