COOS BAY -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will visit the South Coast on Tuesday to tour Jordan Cove Energy Partners' proposed liquefied natural gas export facility.
'They've done this before," said Bob Braddock, Jordan Cove's project manager. 'They've seen it in maps; they've seen it in drawings. They want to go to the site (to see) does this have a negative impact -- not on the owner, per se -- but on the owner's neighbors?"
Braddock said the visit brings Jordan Cove one step closer to receiving a FERC permit to build an export facility on Coos Bay.
FERC officials will meet at the Red Lion Inn, at 1313 N. Bayshore Drive, at 1 p.m. then head to the proposed site on the North Spit. Community members are welcome to attend, but need to provide their own transportation, according to a news release.
This is the second time Jordan Cove has undertaken the FERC permitting process to build an LNG terminal here. In 2009, Jordan Cove received a permit to import LNG to Coos Bay. After receiving that permit, Jordan Cove announced a plan to build a facility that could also export LNG, which required a separate permit.
'We are going through the whole thing again," Braddock said. 'This time, FERC is looking at the differences. A lot of things are unchanged."
An export facility would mean different on-site equipment and more vessel calls, Braddock said. The proposed facility would more than double in size and be more expensive to build. Importing LNG requires equipment to warm the liquid into a gas. Exporting the gas means Jordan Cove would have to cool it down.
'The most simplistic way to describe it is, it's the difference between buying a deep freezer and a range top," Braddock said. 'One warms up, the other cools down."
Before Jordan Cove can apply for a permit, it must complete a series of 13 resource reports, which document the effects the proposed facility will have on the surrounding environment. FERC mandates companies take at least six months to complete these reports, Braddock said.
'We just started the pre-filing process," Braddock said. 'So the meter started running. It will be at least six months before we can submit an application."
FERC will use the resource reports -- which cover such areas of the environment as air, water, geologic and socio-economic -- to compile a draft Environmental Impact Statement. The public is given time to comment on the draft statement before it is submitted to the FERC commissioners who either grant a permit or deny the application.