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UpstreamOnline: FERC green lights Broadwater LNG project

By Upstream staff

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved construction of the Broadwater Energy liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Long Island Sound, east of New York City.

The project would be able to deliver 1.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to fuel electric generating plants and heat homes, helping to meet energy demand in New York and Connecticut, which share the sound, Reuters said.

The terminal is a joint venture between Shell US Gas and Power and TransCanada, and will be the first floating terminal in the US for storing and delivering LNG.

FERC said it had considered the safety concerns many citizens raised about the project.

“Based on all available scientific facts, we approve the Broadwater project today, subject to rigorous conditions, because it can meet the projected energy needs for New York City, Long Island and Connecticut, and can provide the service safely, securely and with limited adverse impact on the environment,” said FERC Chairman Joseph Kelliher.

The Broadwater terminal would consist of a floating storage and regasification unit measuring about 1215 feet long and 200 feet wide. It would rise about 80 feet above the water.

The project would be located nine miles off the New York coast near Riverhead, in Suffolk County, and 10 miles from the nearest onshore point in Connecticut.
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20 March 2008 17:55 GMT  | last updated: 20 March 2008 17:55 GMT

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