Liquefied Natural Gas Case Analysis

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As of 2013, various Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) companies have applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to establish an LNG refinery and export center in Brownsville, Texas. Throughout the process, several citizens – as well as business entities and city councils, have voiced their opposition or support of the facility.

Statement of the Problem
Inadequate representation The FERC is responsible for providing public hearing meeting for each new facility application received, of which 10 different LNG companies applied to build a distribution center in Brownsville, TX. However, the FERC did not hold a meeting for each application, but rather grouped the sessions into three meetings spread across various locations. As a result,
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RGLNG will refine the natural gas using a ground-flare system, then subsequently liquefy the natural gas using six liquefaction trains with propane-mixed refrigerant technology. The Project Overview estimates a nominal output of 4.5 million metric tons per annum (mtpa) will be sold to third parties. In addition, the RGLNG site will concurrently serve as the distribution center, from which heavy-duty trucks and sea vessels will export the LNG to North America and overseas, respectively. The project proposed two marine loading docks located on the within a single pocket, adjacent to it will be a turning basin. The basin will require be deeper than normally otherwise because the LNG loaded sea vessels must rotate 180-degrees to exit the Brownsville Ship Channel from the same point of entry. In addition, LNG waiting export will be stored within four LNG storage tanks on site. The entire RGLNG site will approximately span 1,000 acres with central coordinates Latitude: 26° 1’ N, Longitude: 97° 15’ W("Rio Grande LNG - Project …show more content…
J. (2016). Rio Grande LNG, LLC and Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC Docket No. PF15-20-000 Monthly Pre-Filing Status Report No. 13 Work Completed April 13, 2016 through May 5, 2016. Retrieved from FERC Online eLibrary: http://elibrary.ferc.gov:1/idmws/doc_info.asp?document_id=14473581

This report documents between April 13, 2016 and May 5, 2016. It contains updates between the docket change of RGLNG from PF15-20 to CP16-454 (Swenson, 2016). It also includes information about Rio Bravo Pipeline, assigned docket CP16-455. As a result of dual-ownership, Rio Grande LNG, LLC and Rio Bravo Pipeline, LLC are collectively named RG Developers. RG Developers experienced a13-and-1/3 months FERC pre-filling period, during which 2,688 comments were submitted for the docket.

Rio Grande LNG, LLC is a liquefaction facility deemed for Cameron County, Texas. RGLNG will receive natural gas from Rio Bravo Pipeline, LLC – a 137-mile pipeline. Rio Bravo Pipeline, LLC will also include a header system, and compressor stations throughout the pipeline. According to Swenson, two additional booster stations should be added at MP 19.7 and MP 25.7. The report also assures all Environmental Resource Reports are indeed complete, and included in the May 5, 2016

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