The adjudicatory hearing on a dock planned in the Delaware River to serve a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in New Jersey took eight days but was completed on Wednesday, Kallanish Energy reports
Hearing officer John D. Kelly must prepare a report on the project by developer Delaware River Partners, a subsidiary of New Fortress Energy LLC.
The parties involved can object to Kelly’s findings, once they are released.
The report will then go the Delaware River Basin Commission, which can accept or reject Kelly’s findings.
There is no schedule for Kelly completing his report or the commission acting on his recommendation, the government regulatory agency said.
The hearing was staged in Hamilton, New Jersey. It began on May 11.
Critics have argued that the commission last June did not allow enough time for public comment in approving the project that would allow two tankers to dock at Gibbstown on the Delaware River in New Jersey’s Gloucester County.
Those tankers would load LNG that had been moved about 200 miles by truck and rail from the Marcellus Shale in northeast Pennsylvania under the plan by New Fortress Energy.
The company has gotten a special federal rail permit to be allowed to move LNG by rail in specially designed rail cars.
Construction started last fall at a New Fortress liquefaction plant in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. It is expected to be operational in late 2020 or early 2021.
New Fortress has said it has signed a 15-year contract with unnamed producers to acquire all the needed feed gas in Bradford County.
The company has plans for a second facility in Pennsylvania. It would be operational in first quarter 2021.
Each plant would produce 3.6 million gallons of LNG per day or 2.15 million tons of LNG per year.
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