Enable Midstream Partners, owner, operator and developer of midstream solutions, announced this Wednesday it received by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the approval to start construction of the Gulf Run Pipeline project in Louisiana.
Firstly, the Gulf Run Pipeline project came out after the Natural Gas Act; it will transport natural gas from some of the most prolific natural gas producing regions in the U.S.; including the Haynesville, Marcellus; and also, Utica and Barnett shales; as well as the Mid-Continent region, to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Secondly, the project is backed by a 20-year commitment for 1.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d); from cornerstone shipper Golden Pass LNG. It will be a 42-inch pipeline that will provide approximately 1.7 Bcf/d of capacity, allowing for upside potential beyond Golden Pass LNG’s commitment.
Thirdly, the Golden Pass LNG facility, is a liquified natural gas plant from Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil. Most of the gas that Gulf Run will transport, will to this facility; which will see its first liquefaction train to come online in 2025.
Moreover, the Gulf Run project will be around 134 miles long (216 kilometers). It will from Enable Midstream Westdale compressor in Red River Parish, Louisiana, to an interconnect with the Golden Pass Pipeline near Starks, Louisiana.
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FERC officials dissented on Enable Midstream project
In addition, Enable Midstream estimated the cost of the project in around $540 million; according to the company’s statement, the pipe on itself was recently acquired at lower than market prices. Project would come online in late 2022.
However, according to Reuters, FERC officials dissented on the Gulf Run decision; mostly because they said the Commission should have prepared a supplemental environmental impact statement; particularly, to examine the effect of the GHG emissions of the project, and the quantity of those emissions.
On the other hand, Rod Sailor, president and CEO of Enable Midstream, said. “We appreciate FERC’s thoughtful review of the project; and all of the hard work from our best-in-class project team to reach this important milestone.”
Finally, he concluded. “Gulf Run makes significant use of existing assets, reducing the project’s cost and environmental impact. With FERC approval and the demand for LNG increasing globally, the project is well-positioned to add new customer commitments.”