Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Jordan Cove LNG?
A: Jordan Cove LNG is a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal and storage facility to be located within the Port of Coos Bay in Oregon.
The proposed facility includes:
- marine facilities
- two full-containment LNG storage tanks with a total storage capacity of 320,000 m3
- five 1.5 mtpa liquefaction trains
- gas treating facilities
Q: How many people will the facility employ when fully constructed?
A: Jordan Cove LNG facilities will create approximately 175 direct jobs, 50 indirect jobs (Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, tugboat crews and emergency planners), and we anticipate creating more than 500 indirect and induced jobs. Altogether, more than 750 permanent well-paying jobs will be created in Southwest Oregon.
Q: How many construction jobs do you anticipate?
A: The construction employment should average more than 900 workers with peak construction employing about 2,100 workers.
Q: Where are there similar facilities to Jordan Cove LNG?
A: There are over 100 LNG storage facilities located throughout the United States. Most of these facilities are designed to liquefy natural gas and store LNG during the summer months and then regasify for shipping during the winter months. There are four such facilities in the Pacific Northwest including Plymouth, Washington; Nampa, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; and Newport, Oregon.
Q: It was recently announced that Veresen Inc. has entered into an agreement to combine with Pembina Pipeline Corporation. What does that mean for the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline project?
A: This is good news for Jordan Cove, as Pembina intends to support the Project and is committed to moving it forward. As the press release states: “The combined entity will continue to build upon the momentum of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) development project as it progresses toward key regulatory and commercial milestones.”
Q: What is the timeline for this acquisition?
A: There are a couple of milestones that need to occur beforehand (e.g., shareholder vote in mid July 2017 and approval of the acquisition from Canadian regulatory authorities) but the transaction is expected to close by the end of 2017.
Q: How often will the LNG ships call on the Port of Coos Bay?
A: Although actual utilization will be determined by terminal user requirements, the facility is being designed to accommodate an average of about two vessel calls per week.
Q: How long will the LNG ships be in port?
A: This will vary based upon vessel size but it is anticipated that an average vessel will spend approximately 24 hours in port.
Q: What steps will be taken to provide shipping and terminal safety?
A: The design and construction of LNG vessels makes them the most expensive vessels in the global commercial fleet. The LNG fleet has one of the most exemplary safety records in the maritime industry.
Jordan Cove LNG is required to take certain precautions that will make the vessel coming into Coos Bay as safe as possible:
- The Coast Guard will establish escort requirements and regulated navigation area and exclusion zones for the transit of an LNG vessel from open waters to its berth and back out again.
- The vessels must comply with all related elements of the new Maritime Security Act, including a plan for preventing and responding to attempted acts of terrorism.
- Every vessel transit into or out of Coos Bay will be piloted by a licensed and certified pilot with special credentials to pilot vessels in the Port of Coos Bay.
- The terminal will be surrounded by a double fence and have 24-hour video surveillance. When a vessel is in port, it will be guarded 24 hours-a-day.
Q: What government agencies regulate the activities of the LNG terminal?
A: There are many federal and state agencies that will regulate various activities at the Jordan Cove LNG terminal some of which include:
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
- U.S. Department of Transportation
- U.S. Corp of Engineers
- U.S. Maritime Administration
- U.S. Coast Guard
- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
- Oregon Department of Energy
Q: Has Jordan Cove LNG made a commitment to provide emergency response resources to operate the LNG terminal?
A: Yes. Jordan Cove LNG will be building the Southwest Oregon Regional Safety Center complex adjacent to the terminal on the South Dunes site. This complex will include a full-time professionally staffed fire station and emergency response crews dedicated to the Jordan Cove LNG facility (paid for by Jordan Cove LNG), a Coos County Sheriff’s substation, offices for the Port and U.S. Coast Guard, and world class training facilities. Additionally, Jordan Cove LNG plans to partner with the Southwest Oregon Community College to create an LNG Fire Training Center — a first on the west coast. There is only one other program like it at Texas A&M. As expanded use of LNG as a maritime and surface transportation fuel will increase the need for special LNG training, Southwest Oregon Community College and Coos Bay will be poised to be the west coast center for this specialized training.
Q: Will the local community’s safety and security be adequately addressed through the FERC process?
A: Yes. As part of its review process, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will ensure the safety and security of the local community. In fact, FERC will not approve Jordan Cove LNG if safety and security is not addressed.
In addition to FERC, federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration, Maritime Administration and the United States Coast Guard will specifically analyze safety and security measures.
Q: What will be the effect of the Jordan Cove LNG facility on the environment?
A: The proposed Jordan Cove LNG facilities will be subject to stringent environmental review to ensure that the construction and operation of the facilities will have minimal environmental impact.
Q: What would be the environmental effects to fish and sea life if there is a release of LNG into the ocean?
A: There has never been a significant LNG cargo release in the 45 years since LNG has been transported via ocean-going vessel. However, vaporizing LNG is not soluble in water and any liquid released on the ocean would quickly evaporate.
Q: What role does FERC play in the approval of Jordan Cove LNG?
A: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the only federal agency that can authorize the construction and operation of Jordan Cove. FERC also acts as the lead federal agency charged with conducting the associated environmental review of the Jordan Cove project under the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. Other federal agencies such as with the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, EPA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers participate in the development of the Environmental Impact Statement which will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of Jordan Cove.
Q: What exactly does the FERC environmental review process entail?
A: The Environmental Impact Statement process can be broken down into a series of steps:
- Project Proponent submits an application to FERC with all of the documentation required by FERC under its regulations to provide all of the necessary background information for FERC to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the Project.
- FERC and the other Federal Agencies (Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, EPA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) then review all the information (thousands of pages of documents) to determine whether the applicant has provided all of the required information. If FERC finds deficiencies, data gaps or a need for clarification, FERC will send out formal requests for information to the applicant who must provide timely responses.
- To obtain initial feedback from the public, FERC will hold a series of scoping meetings in each of the counties in which the terminal or pipeline will be located.
- FERC then issues a draft EIS for public review and comment. The public comment period is typically 60 days.
- FERC, using input provided by Jordan Cove will respond to all of the public comments potentially resulting in changes to the EIS. This will culminate in FERC issuing a final EIS along with a recommendation to the FERC commissioners to approve, approve with conditions of deny the application.
- The FERC Commissioners will meet to make a final decision as to whether the application should be approved or denied.
NOTE: Once an application is submitted to the FERC, the agency will post it and every other communication and document, including data requests and responses, on the FERC website on a real time basis. https://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp