KeySpan LNG, L.P.; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Keyspan LNG Upgrade Project

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May 11, 2004.
The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on KeySpan LNG, L.P.'s (KeySpan LNG) proposed KeySpan LNG Facility Upgrade Project in Providence, Rhode Island. On May 7, 2004, the Commission gave notice that KeySpan LNG filed applications on April 30, 2004, for its proposal under sections 3 and 7 of the Natural Gas Act. That notice gave a deadline of May 21, 2004, for the filing of motions to intervene, protest, and comment.

This instant notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the project. Your input will help determine which issues need to be evaluated in the EIS. Please note that the scoping period will close on June 11, 2004.
Comments may be submitted in written form or verbally. Further details on how to submit written comments are provided in the Public Participation section of this notice. In lieu of sending written comments, you may attend the public scoping meeting scheduled as follows: FERC Public Scoping Meeting, KeySpan LNG Facility Upgrade Project, Thursday, June 3, 2004, at 7 p.m. Rhode Island College, Providence, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave. (John Fogarty Life Science Building).

This notice is being sent to residences within 0.5 mile of KeySpan LNG's existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility and to landowners, businesses, and residents adjacent to a planned natural gas pipeline. It is also being sent to Federal, state, and local government agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. We [1] are asking local government representatives to notify their constituents of this planned project and to encourage them to comment on their areas of concern.

Summary of the Proposed Project

KeySpan LNG proposes to upgrade its existing LNG storage facility in Providence, Rhode Island. The upgrade would allow KeySpan LNG to convert the LNG terminal to a facility capable of receiving marine deliveries and to augment the facility's existing vaporization system.

According to KeySpan LNG, the KeySpan LNG Facility Upgrade Project would provide a new source of reliable LNG imports to Rhode Island which would serve the entire New England area, as well as augment the supply of LNG needed to fill the region's LNG storage facilities to meet peak day needs. The project would increase the site's current capacity of 150 millionstandard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) to a total of 525 MMSCFD.

The facilities proposed include:

  • A new ship berth in the Providence River;
  • New liquid unloading arms and a transfer line;
  • New vapor return blowers, vapor return line, and loading arm;
  • Boil-off-gas compressor and condenser;
  • New LNG pumping system;
  • Operations control buildings;
  • Other ancillary LNG facilities; and
  • 1.3 miles of 20-inch-diameter pipeline to transport natural gas from the terminal an existing pipeline currently owned and operated by Algonquin Gas Transmission Company (Algonquin). [2]

KeySpan LNG would also abandon by removal a 12-inch-diameter LNG barge uploading line to provide space for the new ship vapor return line.
A map depicting the LNG facility location and the pipeline route under consideration is provided in appendix 1. [3]

KeySpan LNG proposes to complete the project in time for the fall 2005 heating season. To achieve this in-service date, KeySpan LNG is requesting approval to begin construction of the facilities in the spring of 2005. The approximate duration of construction would be 7-9 months.

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