Report concludes added capacity at Magnolia LNG poses minimal risk

(Courtesy Magnolia LNG)

Federal regulators have concluded a proposal to expand Magnolia LNG’s production capacity to 8.8 million metric tons per year includes “sufficient layers of protection or safeguards that would reduce the risk of potentially hazardous scenarios.”

In a final supplemental environmental impact statement, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission notes the increased production capacity at the Calcasieu Parish facility would be achieved through the optimization of Magnolia LNG’s final design, including additional and modified process equipment. All new or reconfigured facilities would be within the footprint of the authorized Magnolia LNG terminal site.

Current capacity is 8 million metric tons per year.

FERC staff carried out a preliminary engineering and technical review of the proposed changes associated with the production capacity amendment. By incorporating the mitigation measures identified in the supplemental EIS, FERC staff concludes that the LNG terminal design will “reduce the risk of potentially hazardous scenarios from developing into an event that could impact the offsite public.”

FERC commissioners must make a final decision on the project.