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Jordan Cove – Pacific Connector, United States of America




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Jordan Cove – Pacific Connector

The Jordan Cove - Pacific Connector project comprises two energy projects. The first project is the Jordan Cove Energy liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to be built at Coos Bay, Oregon.

The terminal will be spread over 200 acres. The second project is the 234-mile Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline from the LNG terminal to Malin in Oregon.

The project is being built to provide a natural gas supply to south-west Oregon and the nearby areas.

The region currently imports about 80% of natural gas from Canada. As the population of Oregon is increasing, importing from Canada will not be a feasible option in the future.

The project will fulfil demand for natural gas and also stabilise prices for consumers in the region. It will attract industries to be set up along the route of the pipeline and fuel economic growth.

Construction of the pipeline is expected to generate jobs for 1,400 people. The LNG terminal construction will generate 450 jobs. About 120 direct and related jobs are expected to be generated once the project goes operational.

The application to build, own and operate the project was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in June 2013. The FERC-approval is expected to be granted by mid-2014. The estimated investment on the project is $7.5bn.

Construction

The project received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in December 2009. The project partners are planning to commence construction of the LNG terminal in the third quarter of 2014. Construction of the pipeline is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2015. The LNG terminal and the pipeline are expected to be in service by the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017 respectively.

Pacific Connector pipeline

"The project is being built to provide a natural gas supply to south-west Oregon and the nearby areas."

The Pacific Connector gas pipeline will be 36in in diameter and carry gas from the Jordan Cove LNG terminal to various regions in Oregon.

It will also provide natural gas to the Pacific North-west, California and Nevada.

The pipeline will have the capacity to transport up to one billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

The pipeline will consist of a compressor station at Medford and two meter stations at Myrtle Creek and Malin. It will be interconnected to other pipelines such as Williams' Northwest Pipeline and Pacific Gas and Electric's gas transmission system.

A natural gas-fuelled, combined-cycle power plant with a base-load capacity of 420MW is also planned to be built as part of the project. The power plant will be located adjacent to the LNG facility.

Facilities

The terminal will have LNG storage capacity of 320,000m³ with a send-out capacity of 1,000,000 dekatherms per day (dth/day) and a maximum send-out of 1,200,000dth/day.

The facility will have two 160,000m³ LNG tanks for storage and a single LNG marine berth. It will feature an extraction facility to recover propane and butane from the LNG. The facility will also have a 32MW integrated electric power plant.

Partners

The Jordan Cove LNG terminal is being developed by Veresen (formerly known as Fort Chicago Energy Partners). Energy Projects Development will be responsible for the management of daily activities of the project. Veresen and Energy Projects Development have formed a limited partnership called Jordan Cove Energy Project to build and operate the terminal.

The Pacific Connector pipeline is being built by Williams Pacific Connector gas pipeline, Fort Chicago Energy Partners and PG&E Corporation.

A limited partnership called Pacific Connector gas pipeline has been set up by the companies to execute the project.

Contractors

In October 2008, Jordan Cove Energy Project signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract with a consortium led by Black & Veatch.

"The pipeline will have the capacity to transport up to one billion cubic feet of natural gas per day."

The consortium comprises of Kiewit Energy, Vinci Construction Grands Projects and Entrepose Contracting.

The consortium will initially develop the design for the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and the cost estimate for the construction of the facility.

Black & Veatch will be responsible for the construction of the marine, re-gasification and other facilities.

Management of the project site and construction of other facilities will be carried out by Kiewit.

Vinci and Entrepose will be responsible for construction of the two LNG storage tanks.

Jordan Cove processing

The Jordan Cove LNG terminal will receive natural gas in the liquid state. The natural gas will be delivered by marine vessels from Asia and Africa. The terminal will restore the natural gas to a gaseous state and send it to the Pacific Connector pipeline. The facility will utilise Black & Veatch's PRICO® LNG technology to produce up to six million tonnes of LNG per year.

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Artist's rendering of the Jordan Cove Energy LNG terminal to be built in Coos Bay, Oregon.
The proposed route of the 234-mile Pacific Connector gas pipeline.
Construction process adopted by Williams for pipelines.
Ongoing construction work for the Pacific Connector gas pipeline.