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Alaska LNG Project

Project Information
Sector: Pipelines
Project Category: 
FAST-41 Covered Projects
Project Status: 
Planned
Description: 

The Alaska LNG Project is comprised of the following integrated and interdependent facilities:  a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Southcentral Alaska designed to produce up to 20 million metric tons per annum of LNG; an approximately 807-mile, 42-inch diameter gas pipeline; a gas treatment plant (GTP) within the Prudhoe Bay Unit (PBU) on the North Slope; an approximately 1-mile, 60-inch diameter gas transmission line connecting the GTP to the PBU gas production facility; and an approximately 63 mile, 32-inch diameter gas transmission line connecting the GTP to the Point Thomson gas production facility.  The mainline of the Alaska LNG Project will traverse over 800 miles from the GTP on the North Slope of Alaska through several boroughs before it crosses Cook Inlet and connects with the liquefaction plant and marine terminal in Nikiski, Alaska. 

Fast-41 Initiation Notice

Project Application and Supporting Documents

Federal Agency Actions

FERC Litigation

  • None filed.

 

This Permitting Dashboard includes limitations on the types of federal authorizations that are currently available to enter for tracking.  The Alaska LNG Project may involve some authorizations unsupported by the Permitting Table displayed at the bottom of this webpage.  For improved transparency, FERC is providing this supplemental table to reflect the additional federal authorizations that may be required by the Alaska LNG Project.  

Additional Federal Agency Permitting Timetable for the Alaska LNG Project 
Responsible AgencyFederal Permit/ReviewStatusApplicable Timelines
DOT-PHMSASpecial PermitIn-ProgressAlaska LNG has withdrawn their request to incorporate PHMSA’s process into the FERC led NEPA review.  AKLNG has responded to the questions and comments that PHMSA sent on the EAs for the 4 pipeline special permit requests.  PHMSA is in the process of reviewing EAs and establishing Special Permit conditions for publication in the federal register in the fourth quarter of 2018.  For the 5th special permit request for the Alaska LNG Liquefaction Plant, PHMSA is proceeding with reviewing AKLNG’s responses to staff’s questions on the Pipe-in-Pipe (PIP) application.  Additionally, PHMSA is reviewing and developing the draft EA and Special Permit conditions for the PIP SP application based on the information provided from AKLNG.
US Coast GuardLetter of RecommendationCompleteReceipt of Letter of Intent: May 15, 2014
Receipt of Waterway Suitability Assessment: March 18, 2016
Letter of Recommendation to FERC: February 11, 2017

 

State Agency Permitting Table for the Alaska LNG Project
Responsible State AgencyFederal Permit/ReviewStatusDescription Field
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water QualityClean Water Act Section 401 - Water Quality CertificationTBDThe state agency has not opted into the FAST-41 process.  This authorization is listed for information purposes only, and does not transfer any responsibility to the state agency to conform to the Permitting Timetable. 18 C.F.R. § 157.22 (2016) provides that "a final decision on a request for a Federal authorization is due no later than 90 days after the Commission issues its final environmental document, unless a schedule is otherwise established by Federal law."
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water QualityAlaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit under Section 402 of the CWA TBDThe state agency has not opted into the FAST-41 process.  This authorization is listed for information purposes only, and does not transfer any responsibility to the state agency to conform to the Permitting Timetable. 18 C.F.R. § 157.22 (2016) provides that "a final decision on a request for a Federal authorization is due no later than 90 days after the Commission issues its final environmental document, unless a schedule is otherwise established by Federal law."
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Air QualityTitle V Air Permit under the CAATBDThe state agency has not opted into the FAST-41 process.  This authorization is listed for information purposes only, and does not transfer any responsibility to the state agency to conform to the Permitting Timetable. 18 C.F.R. § 157.22 (2016) provides that "a final decision on a request for a Federal authorization is due no later than 90 days after the Commission issues its final environmental document, unless a schedule is otherwise established by Federal law."
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Air QualityPrevention of Significant Deterioration Air Permit under the CAATBDThe state agency has not opted into the FAST-41 process.  This authorization is listed for information purposes only, and does not transfer any responsibility to the state agency to conform to the Permitting Timetable. 18 C.F.R. § 157.22 (2016) provides that "a final decision on a request for a Federal authorization is due no later than 90 days after the Commission issues its final environmental document, unless a schedule is otherwise established by Federal law."

 

Last updated September 12, 2018

Permitting Timeline

Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Incidental Take Authorization – DOC - NOAA/NMFS
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41)
03/20/2020
In Progress
Milestones:
Complete Application Received
Complete 03/14/2018
Publish Notice of Receipt in the Federal Register (FR)
Complete 04/11/2018
Publish Proposed Incidental Take Authorization in the FR
Current Target Date: 02/28/2019
Publish Final Incidental Take Authorization in the FR
Current Target Date: 02/20/2020
Issue Letter of Authorization
Current Target Date: 03/20/2020
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Section 305 Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Consultation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41)
06/28/2019
Planned
Milestones:
NOAA Initially Contacted Regarding EFH Consultation
Current Target Date: 02/28/2019
NOAA Receives the Complete EFH Assessment to Initiate EFH Consultation
Current Target Date: 04/29/2019
NOAA Issues a Response to the EFH Consultation Request
Current Target Date: 06/28/2019
Endangered Species Act Consultation (NOAA-NMFS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41)
08/13/2019
Planned
Milestones:
Request for ESA Consultation Received
Current Target Date: 02/28/2019
Consultation Package Deemed Complete – Formal
Current Target Date: 03/31/2019
Conclusion of ESA Consultation
Current Target Date: 08/13/2019
Section 106 Review
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Paused
Milestones:
Consultation initiated with SHPO/THPO
Complete 04/17/2017
Section 106 consultation concluded
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
In Progress
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
Complete 05/01/2017
Scoping 
Complete 05/01/2017
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register (FR) beginning both the public comment period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review
Current Target Date: 02/28/2019
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the FR beginning both the public review period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review 
Current Target Date: 11/08/2019
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision 
Current Target Date: 02/06/2020
Authorization for Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Facilities, Onshore or in State Waters
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 04/17/2017
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 02/06/2020
USCG Bridge Permit
US Coast Guard (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
Application Received
Current Target Date: 02/28/2019
Application Deemed Complete
Current Target Date: 12/09/2019
Navigation Data Received
Issued Navigation Determination
Complete 10/01/2018
Publication of Public Notice
Current Target Date: 06/01/2019
Permit Decision Rendered
Current Target Date: 05/09/2020
Right-of-Way Authorization (DOI-BLM)
Bureau of Land Management (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 04/17/2017
Completed application received
Complete 08/31/2018
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 03/09/2020
Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Permit
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
Initial application received
Current Target Date: 02/28/2019
Completed application received
Current Target Date: 07/08/2019
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 12/06/2019
Review Terminated with no decision
Current Target Date: 12/06/2019
Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 Clean Water Act
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
02/06/2020
Planned
Milestones:
Pre-construction Notification (PCN)/Form ENG 4345/Joint Application Form Received
Complete 04/14/2017
Complete Pre-Construction Notification (PCN)/Application Received
Current Target Date: 10/09/2019
Publication of Public Notice
Current Target Date: 10/24/2019
Final Verification/Permit Decision Rendered
Current Target Date: 02/06/2020
Optional Milestones:
Preliminary Jurisdictional Determination
Complete 08/31/2018
Natural Gas Export Authorization
Office of Fossil Energy (Cooperating under NEPA), (Participating)
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 07/18/2014
Completed application received
Complete 07/18/2014
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 05/06/2020
Endangered Species Act Consultation (DOI-FWS)
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
Planned
Milestones:
Request for ESA Consultation Received
Current Target Date: 02/28/2019
Consultation Package Deemed Complete – Formal
Current Target Date: 02/28/2019
Conclusion of ESA Consultation
Current Target Date: 07/15/2019
Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Incidental Take Authorization – DOI USFWS
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
In Progress
Milestones:
Complete Application Received
Complete 06/28/2018
Publish Proposed Incidental Take Authorization in the FR
Current Target Date: 01/18/2019
Publish Final Incidental Take Authorization in the FR
Current Target Date: 03/25/2019
Issue Letter of Authorization
Current Target Date: 04/01/2019
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