Liquefied NaturaL Gas – the riGht soLutioN TERMINAL fAcTs
to GrowiNG eNerGy Needs n Optimum location at the mouth
Demand for natural gas is growing across the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon. of the Columbia River for safety
Utilities need it to supply their electricity generating plants, and Oregonians rely and security
on it to heat their homes and businesses. Almost all natural gas used in Oregon n Oregon LNG project will process
up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per
comes from Canada and the Rocky Mountain states, but Canada is reducing
day of natural gas
exports, and the Rocky Mountain region is sending more gas elsewhere. Based
n The project will serve Oregon
on these trends, Oregon will need new supplies to meet the future needs
and other Western states
of its residents, industry and economy.
through a new 120-mile pipeline
Oregon LNG’s liquefied natural gas import facility will help meet this demand by
providing communities, utilities and industries with a reliable, clean energy supply. bENEfITs
n A $1 billion investment in the
local and regional economy
n 50 to 75 family wage jobs
n 500 construction jobs over a
n Build a safe facility and pipeline
n Minimize environmental and
Astoria cultural impacts
n Listen to input provided by
n Treat everyone fairly and
n Follow local and state rules
Project overview n Communicate effectively
Oregon LNG plans to construct and operate a liquefied natural gas import facility
located on the Skipanon Peninsula in Warrenton, Oregon. The Oregon LNG project Oregon LNG project-related links:
has been designed to include a marine receiving terminal, three full-containment,
160,000 cubic meter LNG storage tanks, and facilities to support ship berthing
and cargo offloading. www.oregon.gov/dsl
The terminal will operate as a tolling facility, leasing regasification capacity to www.lcd.state.or.us
industry partners. Oregon Pipeline, an affiliated company, is planning the www.fws.gov
construction of a 120-mile pipeline, which will connect to the regional pipeline www.ferc.gov
hub in Molalla, Oregon. www.uscg.milwww.eia.doe.gov
Oregon LNG remains committed to an open, collaborative development process.
a market w i t h s t r oN G f uN da m e Nta L s
n The Pacific Northwest has a predictable seasonal demand for heating as well as industrial and
commercial load to maintain a steady baseload. The region has adequate year-round demand
to accept Oregon LNG’s entire delivery capacity, which is planned to be up to 1.5 billion cubic
feet per day.
n While storage facilities are scarce in the Western U.S., there are two storage facilities located
within reasonable distance of the proposed Oregon LNG terminal site.
n Through complex simulations, Oregon LNG has determined that its terminal will be able to
accommodate any size tanker, including the newest 266,000 m3 Q-Max.
n Supply from the Rocky Mountain gas basin is limited by pipeline capacity to the Pacific Northwest.
n The Oregon LNG terminal is strategically located at the mouth of the Columbia River on the
Oregon coast. This location eliminates the need for LNG vessels to cross under bridges or pass
the urban waterfront of Astoria, Oregon, avoiding the logistical issues and controversy
associated with other proposed upriver locations.
a dvaNtaG e s f o r o r eGo N
n By importing LNG, Oregon’s natural gas market will become more competitive, reducing the
costs of natural gas.
n The availability of additional natural gas resources will allow Oregon and other Western states
to reduce dependence on polluting coal, which currently makes up 42 percent of Oregon’s
electric energy supply.
n Oregon LNG has believed in local community engagement from the start, involving local
residents and leaders in making decisions and gaining support.
n Development of the Oregon LNG project began in early 2004 with conversations involving local
leaders about building a facility in the area, as well as an analysis of sites across the Northwest.
n After receiving favorable responses, the team leased a 96-acre site from the Port of Astoria and
initiated a local site re-zoning process, which involved public input and the eventual re-zoning
to allow for the facility.
n On June 19, 2007, Oregon LNG received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) to initiate National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) pre-filing processes.
n Oregon LNG has already completed most of the local land-use process and is well on its way
to being granted other documentation required to build the terminal. The FERC permitting
process is expected to take 18 to 24 months, with construction of the facility beginning in 2010.