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Another LNG project proposed in New York area

Another LNG project proposed in New York area

Yet another proposal is being made to bring liquefied natural gas into the New York area.

   Liberty Natural Gas is proposing a $550 million LNG regasification project, in U.S. federal waters offshore New Jersey. Excalibur Energy (USA) Inc. would conduct oversight of the Liberty Natural Gas project, which is a 50-50 joint venture between Canadian Superior and Global LNG Inc.

   The project would include a LNG regasification plant 15 miles offshore New Jersey, 50 miles of offshore natural gas pipeline, and 11 miles of onshore pipeline terminating in Linden, N.J. Storage facilities would not be required and the facilities would not be visible once installed, the developers said.

   Subject to regulatory approvals, the proposed project would begin delivery of up to 2.4 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas by late 2011.

   The project would deliver LNG from overseas, including natural gas from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The government of Trinidad and Tobago has been formally invited to participate in the project. Trinidad is the largest supplier of LNG to the U.S. today.

   The Liberty project is just the latest in a series of proposals to bring LNG to the New York Area. Others include:

   ' Broadwater. Last month New York Gov. David A. Paterson said he opposes the project proposed for Long Island Sound by TransCanada and Shell U.S. Gas and Power. Patterson complained that the Broadwater project would involve privatizing open water to the exclusion of the public. He said this “would be fundamentally wrong and serve as a dangerous precedent for industrializing a body of water that people have spent years and millions of dollars trying to clean up.”

   ' Safe Harbor Energy. Atlantic Sea Island Group is proposing to build the Safe Harbor Energy LNG terminal on a 60.5-acre manmade island 23 miles from New York Harbor and 19 miles from New Jersey. In February Atlantic Sea Island Group filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a preliminary injunction staying a November 2007 decision by the U.S. Maritime Administration, that would grant New Jersey “adjacent coastal state” designation as part of the federal review process for the project.

   ' BlueOceanEnergy. In December, Exxon Mobil Corp. announced plans to seek regulatory approval for what it is calling BlueOcean Energy, a floating LNG receiving terminal that would supply about 1.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day to New York and New Jersey. It planned a $1 billion facility anchored about 20 miles off the coast of New Jersey.

   ' Crown Landing. BP wants to build an LNG terminal in southern New Jersey in Logan Township. The project would include a quay that would extend 2,000 feet into the bay, and in a ruling in March, the U.S. Supreme Court said Delaware can block BP’s plan to build the terminal because it has a right to regulate structures that extend from New Jersey into Delaware’s portion of the river. But BP said despite the decision it “will continue to explore other options and we anticipate that the project will move forward and eventually be built here on the Delaware River.”

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