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Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline

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

The Jordan Cove LNG Project (Docket No. CP17-495-000) includes the construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal on the North Spit of Coos Bay in Coos County, Oregon.  The terminal would include gas inlet facilities, a metering station, a gas conditioning plant, five liquefaction trains and associated equipment, two full-containment LNG storage tanks, an LNG transfer line, LNG ship loading facilities, a marine slip, a marine offloading facility, a new access channel between the Coos Bay Navigation Channel and the new marine slip, and enhancements to the existing Coos Bay Navigation Channel at four turns.  In addition, the terminal would include emergency and hazard, electrical, security, control, and support systems, administrative buildings, and a temporary workforce housing facility.  The LNG terminal would be designed to liquefy about 1.04 billion cubic feet per day of LNG for export to markets across the Pacific Rim.

The Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (Docket No. CP-17-494) includes the construction and operation an approximately 235-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter interstate natural gas transmission pipeline and associated aboveground facilities.  The pipeline would originate near Malin in Klamath County, Oregon, traverse Douglas and Jackson Counties, and terminate (at the LNG Terminal) in Coos County, Oregon.  The pipeline would be capable of transporting about 1.2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas.  The associated aboveground facilities would include the new Klamath Compressor Station (61,500 horsepower) near Malin, Oregon; 3 new meter stations; 5 new pig launchers and receivers; 17 mainline block valves; and a gas control communication system.

Fast-41 Initiation Notice

Project Application and Supporting Documents

Federal Agency Actions

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Notice of Applications (issued 10/05/2017).  Document located at:  https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/OpenNat.asp?fileID=14702836.
  • The FERC is responsible for consulting with the FWS if the project may affect a listed endangered or threatened species and/or designated critical habitat. The purpose of the consultation is to assist FERC in meeting its duty to ensure that its action is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat. If consultation is required, upon completion of the consultation and no later than 135 days from the receipt of a complete biological assessment, FWS will provide FERC with either a letter of concurrence that the proposed project is not likely to adversely affect any listed species or a biological opinion. 
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Project (issued 08/31/2018).  Document located at:  https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/opennat.asp?fileID=15013583.
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Notice of Anticipated Schedule of Final Order for the Project (issued 08/31/2018).  Document located at:  https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/common/opennat.asp?fileID=15013578.

FERC Litigation

  • None filed.

 

This Permitting Dashboard includes limitations on the types of federal authorizations that are currently available to enter for tracking.  The Jordan Cove 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 Authorization Timetable for the Jordan Cove LNG and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project
AgencyPermitStatusApplicable Timelines
USCGLetter of RecommendationCompletedReceipt of Letter of Intent/Preliminary Waterway Suitability Assessment (WSA): Complete April 2006
Receipt of Follow on WSA:  Complete 10/1/17
WSA Validation: Complete 11/9/17
Letter of Recommendation to FERC:  Completed: 5/10/18.  USCG MSU Portland signed a Letter of Recommendation on May 18, 2018

 

Federally-Delegated State Authorization Table
AgencyPermitStatusApplicable Timeline
Oregon Department of Envrionmnetal QualityClea Water Act 401 Water Quality CertificationPendingThe 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."
Oregon Department of Envrionmnetal QualityClean Water Act - National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System PermitPendingThe 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."
Oregon Department of Envrionmnetal QualityClean Air Act – Title V Operating Air PermitPendingThe 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."
Oregon Department of Envrionmnetal QualityClean Air Act - New Source Review Permit for LNG TerminalPendingThe 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."
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and DevelopmentCoastal Zone Management Consistency DeterminationPendingThe 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

Consultation to Protect Essential Fish Habitat
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41)
Planned
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
Section 408 Permit
US Army Corps of Engineers - Civil Works (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 09/15/2017
Completed application received
In Progress
Target: 09/28/2018
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Notice to proceed
In Progress
Review Terminated with no decision
N/A
Right-of-Way Authorization (DOI-BLM)
Bureau of Land Management (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 05/05/2006
Target: 05/05/2006
Completed application received
Complete 05/05/2006
Target: 05/05/2006
Issuance of decision for permit/approval.
Planned
Notice to proceed
Review Terminated with no decision
Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory (Cooperating under FAST-41), (Cooperating under NEPA)
In Progress
Milestones:
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Form ENG 4345 / Joint Application Form Received
Complete 10/23/2017
Pre-Construction Notification (PCN) / Application Deemed Complete
Complete 05/08/2018
Publication of Public Notice
Complete 05/22/2018
Final Verification / Permit Decision Rendered
Planned
Endangered Species Act Consultation (NOAA-NMFS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41)
Planned
Milestones:
Request for ESA Consultation Received
Consultation Package Deemed Complete – Formal
Conclusion of ESA Consultation
Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Incidental Take Authorization – DOC - NOAA/NMFS
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cooperating under FAST-41)
Planned
Milestones:
Complete Application Received
Publish Proposed Incidental Take Authorization in the FR
Publish Final Incidental Take Authorization in the FR
Section 106 Review
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Paused
Milestones:
Consultation initiated with SHPO/THPO
Complete 09/21/2017
Section 106 consultation concluded
Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 09/21/2017
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 11/29/2019
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Office of Energy Projects
In Progress
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
Complete 10/05/2017
Scoping 
Complete 10/05/2017
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: 08/30/2019
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision 
Current Target Date: 11/29/2019
Authorization for Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Facilities, Onshore or in State Waters
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 09/21/2017
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 11/29/2019
Natural Gas Export Authorization
Office of Fossil Energy (Cooperating under NEPA), (Participating)
In Progress
Milestones:
Initial application received
Complete 03/23/2012
Completed application received
Complete 03/23/2012
Issuance of decision for permit/approval
Current Target Date: 02/26/2020
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