USA: BP plans to build LNG plant on island

If energy giant BP gets its way, Pelican Island, just north of Galveston, Texas, USA, will be home to a liquefied natural gas receiving terminal and regasification plant. BP has signed a lease-option deal with the Port of Galveston giving it three years to conduct environmental impact and economic feasibility studies on a 185-acre parcel of land on the north side of the Galveston Channel. The Pelican Island site is zoned for industrial use and is less than five miles from both the ocean-oriented Texas A&M University branch at Galveston and the city’s historic downtown Strand district. BP plans to build a USD 600 million project that would unload imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) from ships and convert it into 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day. Before it can move forward, BP must win a number of permits. If this process goes smoothly, BP estimates construction will begin in 2007 and the LNG terminal will be operating by 2009.

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