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Alaska LNG Project

Project Information
Sector: Pipelines
Project Category: 
FAST-41 Covered Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
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 fiiled.

 

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-ProgressAn application for the 4 pipeline special permits was received on 4/14/2017.  DOT-PHMSA has sent AGDC comments on the 4 pipeline related special permit applications.  Alaska LNG submitted a request to DOT-PHMSA to incorporate PHMSA’s process into the FERC led NEPA review.  PHMSA is willing to coordinate its review, but has informed the project sponsor that this could potentially delay the issuance of the Special Permit as PHMSA would be required to delay the issuance of any special permit until FERC publishes its record of decision.  Once the Project Sponsor has confirmed its preference, a permitting schedule can be established.
DOT-PHMSASpecial PermitIn-ProgressAn application for the LNG special permit was received on 9/8/2017. Alaska LNG submitted a request to DOT-PHMSA to incorporate PHMSA’s process into the FERC led NEPA review.  PHMSA is willing to do coordinate its review, but has informed the project sponsor that this could potentially delay the issuance of the Special Permit as PHMSA would be required to delay the issuance of any special permit until FERC publishes its record of decision.  Once the Project Sponsor has confirmed its preference, a permitting schedule can be established.
DOI-BLMFLMPA - Mineral SalesPlannedAn application has not been received for this activity. 
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 Proejct
Responsible State AgencyFederal Permit/ReviewStatusDescription Field
Alaksa 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."
Alaksa 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."
Alaksa 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."
Alaksa 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 October 20 2017

Permitting Timeline

Action Agency Target Completionsort descending Status
Endangered Species Act Consultation - NOAA-NMFS
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Planned
Consultation Initiation Date
Planned
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Planned
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41) Planned
Right-of-Way Authorization (DOI-BLM)
Milestones:
Initial application received
In Progress
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
In Progress
Notice to proceed
N/A
Review Terminated with no decision
N/A
Bureau of Land Management (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) In Progress
Natural Gas Export Authorization
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 07/18/2014
Completed application received
Complete 07/18/2014
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
In Progress
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Office of Fossil Energy In Progress
Authorization for Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Facilities, Onshore or in State Waters
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 04/17/2017
Completed application received
In Progress
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
In Progress
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
N/A
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission In Progress
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
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
In Progress
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the Federal Register
In Progress
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Draft EIS published in the Federal Register
Official Notice of Availability of a Supplemental Final EIS published in the Federal Register
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision
Issuance of an Amended Record of Decision
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission In Progress
Consultation to Protect Essential Fish Habitat
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Completed application received
Planned
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Notice to proceed
N/A
Review Terminated with no decision
N/A
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41) Planned
Section 106 Review
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 04/17/2017
Completed application received
In Progress
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
In Progress
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission In Progress
Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Permit
Milestones:
Initial application received
Planned
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) Planned
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Planned
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Planned
Publication of Public Notice
Planned
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Planned
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) Planned
USCG Bridge Permit
Milestones:
Navigation Data Received
Complete
Issued Navigation Determination
Planned
Application Received
Planned
Application Deemed Complete
Planned
Publication of Public Notice
Planned
Permit Decision Rendered
Planned
US Coast Guard (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) Planned
Marine Mammal Protection Act Incidental Take Authorization
Milestones:
Initial application received
Completed application received
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) Planned
Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS
Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Planned
Consultation Initiation Date
Planned
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Planned
Fish and Wildlife Service (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA) Planned
Marine Mammal Protection Act Incidental Take Authorization
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 04/06/2017
Completed application received
In Progress
Target: 12/01/2017
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Target: 08/30/2019
Notice to proceed
N/A
Review Terminated with no decision
N/A
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41) 08/30/2019 In Progress
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