Kinder Morgan announced it will begin construction on its Elba Liquefaction Project in Chathan County, Georgia on November 1, ahead of FERC’s final ruling on deciding to rehear public comments on the project, requested by an environmental group.
FERC gave Kinder Morgan final approval on the proposed two-phased liquefaction project back in June but has since been asked by the Sierra Club and other individuals to extend a public hearing on the project, which is still pending.
According to Kinder Morgan’s news site, the Elba Liquefaction Project will add liquefaction and export capability to an existing liquefied natural gas terminal located at Elba Island. The company expects to have the units in service by early 2018.
Kinder Morgan has other projects facing delays or controversy, including its Trans Mountain expansion project and its Utopia pipeline.
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which would increase the line from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day, is currently under review by the Canadian government, which battles the need for energy infrastructure in the country and the demand to meet green standards. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make a final decision on the project by December of this year.
The Utopia pipeline, which would carry 50,000 barrels per day of ethane and ethane-propane mix from Ohio to Ontario, is under fire as Kinder Morgan waits for an appeal it made on a judge’s decision to deny the company eminent domain on some land in Ohio.