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Elba III Expansion, Wilkes County, Georgia

STATUS: In progress with opposition

TYPE: Natural Gas

OPPOSITION:  Citizens for Clean Air and Water; Sierra Club

PROSPECT:  Likely

BACKGROUND:  Southern LNG, a subsidiary of El Paso Corporation, announced plans to significantly expand its Elba Island liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal near Savannah, Georgia.  According to El Paso, the expansion is expected to add 8.4 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of storage capacity at the Elba Island facility and 900 million cubic feet per day of send-out capacity.  The project is divided into two phases:  Phase 1 includes installation of a new 4.2 Bcf storage tank and modification of the docking facilities to accommodate new, larger delivery vessels; Phase 2 will add another 4.2 Bcf storage tank.  Phase 1 was completed in July 2010.

Environmental groups, such as Sierra Club and Citizens for Clean Air and Water, oppose the expansion project.  El Paso estimates that Elba Island Expansion Phase 1 and the affiliated Elba Express pipeline project represent $900 million of capital investment.

SOURCES:  El Paso Corporation: http://www.elpaso.com/elba3/default.shtm;
Connect Savannah: http://www.connectsavannah.com/news/article/101045/;
Savannah Morning News: http://savannahnow.com/news/2007-08-09/lng-expansion-plans-approved;
http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2009-07-16/elba-expansion-schedule;
Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0215533320100302          

Last Updated:  November 19, 2010