STATUS: In progress with opposition
TYPE: Natural Gas
OPPOSITION: Sierra Club Mississippi Chapter
BACKGROUND: First announced in 2004, Gulf LNG Energy is owned by Houston-based El Paso Corporation, Houston-based Crest Investments and Angola-based Sonangol. The proposed site is located on 40 acres on the Pascagoula Bayou Casotte Ship Channel and slated for completion by 2011. Maximum send-out capacity for the terminal will be 1.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. The project includes an unloading dock for LNG tankers, two storage tanks, 10 vaporizers to re-gasify the LNG, and five miles of pipeline. The estimated cost of the project is $1.1 billion.
The Sierra Club is opposed to the development and asserts that this terminal could be a likely target for a terrorist attack, putting the surrounding area in danger. The Sierra Club argues that “[a] LNG tanker accident could set off a fire so hot it would burn skin and damage buildings a mile or more away. A vapor cloud from a ruptured LNG tanker could potentially travel up to seven miles, depending on wind speeds, before igniting, according to the government Sandia research study. That puts an even larger area at risk.”
Despite the opposition, Gulf LNG Energy appears to be on schedule.
SOURCES: Gulf LNG Energy LLC (http://www.elpaso.com/gulflng/docs/GulfLNGSummary.pdf);
Mississippi Press (http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2010/01/lng_terminal_on_schedule_company_says.html);
Downstream Today (http://www.downstreamtoday.com/projects/project.aspx?project_id=56);
All Business (http://www.allbusiness.com/north-america/united-states-mississippi/1134601-1.html;
Sierra Club (http://mississippi.sierraclub.org/lng/Pascagoula_safetyrisks.html)
Last Updated: November 24, 2010