Another LNG Plant Planned For SW Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, LA (AP) — A Washington company says it has asked for federal permits for a $4.5 billion liquefied natural gas export plant in southwest Louisiana. VG Calcasieu Pass would be the third plant planned along the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

         Executives of Venture Global LNG will describe and answer questions about their plans at noon Wednesday in the Cameron Parish Police Jury meeting room, spokeswoman Jessica Blake told the American Press’ Frank DiCesare.

         The company says it has authority to export up to 10 million metric tons of LNG annually to Free Trade Agreement countries over a 25-year period. It has asked the U.S. Department of Energy for permission to export to countries outside the agreement, such as Japan, India, Taiwan and the European nations.

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         Other LNG plants planned for the ship channel region are Magnolia LNG and Southern California Telephone & Energy's Monkey Island LNG project.

         The region's first LNG plant, Trunkline LNG, first opened in July, 1981.

         According to Venture Global's website, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted its pre-filing request for the VG Calcasieu Pass project, starting the commission's review of whether the project meets standards of the National Environmental Policy Act.

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