FERC Orders New Fortress to Explain Unauthorized PR LNG Facility

New Fortress Energy, which likes to build and own as much of the LNG supply chain as possible, has built and recently finished an LNG import terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Just one teeny, tiny problem: New Fortress didn’t get permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before building it. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and subject to U.S. laws and regulations, including the regulation that requires FERC approval *before* building such a facility. Luuuucy, you have some ‘splainin to do!
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Antis Demand DRBC Overturn Approval for Delaware River LNG Dock

The ne’er-do-wells from Big Green groups including THE Delaware Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch and a mish-mash of other loudmouths are attempting to bully the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) into overturning their previous decision to allow a simple ship dock to get built along the shore of the Delaware River in New Jersey so ships can load LNG already liquefied and waiting. Given the DRBC’s weak leadership, we wonder if the DRBC will (again) cave to the demands of the radicals.
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Work on New Fortress LNG Export Plant in Wyalusing Heats Up

We have some exclusive news to share about a northeast PA LNG plant project. In August 2018, New Fortress Energy announced plans to build at least one LNG liquefying plant in Wyalusing, PA (see Big News! Marcellus LNG Export Plant Coming to Landlocked NEPA). The plant will cost $800 million to build and use some 500 workers to build it. Work began last year to clear the site in preparation for construction (see Work Continues to Clear Site for NEPA Landlocked LNG Export Plant). The big news is…
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DRBC, New Fortress Crush Antis’ Arguments Against LNG Export Dock

Kabuki theater

Earlier this week the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) held a promised hearing to consider its previous decision to approve a request by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier/dock on the Delaware River. The dock will be used for docking and loading two ships at a time with LNG. The only parties allowed to speak were DRBC, New Fortress, and THE Delaware Riverkeeper, the arrogant Big Green group trying to stop the dock and the LNG facility in northeast PA that would feed it.
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New Fortress 1Q: No COVID Money, Raises for Frontline Workers

New Fortress Energy, which focuses on producing, exporting, transporting, and importing (in other countries) LNG marches to the beat of a different drummer. The company recently issued its first-quarter 2020 update. On a conference call with analysts, New Fortress founder and CEO (and billionaire) Wed Edens said his company hasn’t applied for nor accepted any government money re the COVID-19 pandemic. They also haven’t laid anyone off. In fact, New Fortress boosted the salaries of frontline fuel workers by 50% for the months of April and May in recognition of the jobs they are doing and the risks they face during the pandemic.
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THE Dela. Riverkeeper Files Lawsuit to Overturn LNG Dock Permit

When will the practice of THE Delaware Riverkeeper (radial leftist “environmental” group) of filing frivolous lawsuits stop? Using money from the William Penn Foundation and the Heinz Endowments (both of which should be investigated by the IRS for violations of their 501(c)3 status by engaging in political activities via proxies like Riverkeeper), THE Delaware Riverkeeper has launched yet another attack on the New Fortress Energy proposed loading dock on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, where Marcellus Shale LNG is due to be loaded onto ships bound for other countries.
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New Fortress Convinces Jamaica to Use CNG for Bus Fleet

We continue to be impressed with New Fortress Energy and its aim to own as much of the LNG supply chain as possible. The company is building an LNG (liquefied natural gas) liquefaction plant in northeast Pennsylvania (see Work Continues to Clear Site for NEPA Landlocked LNG Export Plant). They plan to truck and use rail cars to get the Marcellus LNG to a new dock facility they plan to build on the New Jersey shoreline of the Delaware River (see DRBC Reconsiders New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River).
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DRBC Reopens Public Comment, New Hearing for LNG Export Dock

Last June the DRBC (Delaware River Basin Commission) approved a request by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier/dock on the Delaware River, to be used for docking and loading two ships at a time with LNG (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). After being hounded by THE Delaware Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club for months over that approval, DRBC voted in September to “reconsider” its earlier decision (see DRBC Reconsiders New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). The DRBC has just announced it will hold a “trial-like” hearing on the project with both sides, New Fortress and Riverkeeper (and no one else) offering testimony.
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New Fortress to Build Marcellus-Powered Elec Plant in Nicaragua

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New Fortress Energy announced yesterday that it has signed a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with Distribuidora de Electricidad del Norte, S.A. and Distribuidora de Electricidad del Sur, S.A., Nicaragua’s electricity distribution companies. New Fortress will construct a 300-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant near Puerto Sandino to supply power to Nicaragua’s national electric grid. It is the first natural gas-fired electric plant to get built in the country. New Fortress will provide approximately 700,000 gallons (60,000 MMBtu) per day of LNG to power the plant. Guess where most, if not all, of the LNG will come from?
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New Fortress Energy Signs Long-Term LNG Export Agreement

New Fortress Energy, which funds and builds LNG (liquefied natural gas) infrastructure to “help accelerate the world’s transition to clean energy,” yesterday announced it has signed a 10-year supply agreement for the purchase of 27.5 million MMBtu per annum of LNG (approximately 8 cargoes a year) to an unnamed buyer at a price indexed to Henry Hub–through January 2030. The announcement does not contain details about who the buyer may be, or what the actual price is they will receive–but we have some speculation about all that.
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Dela. Riverkeeper Tries to Scare Neighbors of NJ LNG Loading Dock

New Fortress Energy plans to build a $96 million, 1,600-foot-long pier and storage facility on the Delaware River (Gloucester County, NJ) to be used for docking and loading two ships at a time with LNG. The LNG will be manufactured at a plant in landlocked Bradford County, PA and shipped to the NJ facility via rail (see U.S. Gov’t Grants New Fortress Permit to Ship NEPA LNG by Rail!). From the start when the project was announced, THE Delaware Riverkeeper has tried to whip up opposition to the project, without much success (see Enviro Leftists Keep Up Attack on LNG Export Dock on Dela. River).
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New Fortress Energy Gets $800M Loan to Build LNG Projects

New Fortress Energy has a unique business model. The company builds the plants to liquefy and export natural gas (LNG), the facilities (in other countries) to import the LNG, and even some of the gas-fired power plants that will use the gas to produce electricity in those countries. Our primary interest in New Fortress is a series of LNG export plants they are building in landlocked northeastern Pennsylvania (see Work Continues to Clear Site for NEPA Landlocked LNG Export Plant). The company has just signed a deal for $800 million loan to fund its LNG “terminals and infrastructure around the world.”
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U.S. Gov’t Grants New Fortress Permit to Ship NEPA LNG by Rail!

As far as we can tell, MDN is exclusively breaking the following news: On December 5 (last Thursday), the PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) granted a special permit to Energy Transport Solutions, LLC (i.e. New Fortress Energy) to transport LNG in DOT-113C120 rail tanker cars between Wyalusing, PA and Gibbstown, NJ. This is huge! There still is not a new regulation/law to allow shipment of LNG by rail across the country, but somehow New Fortress has gotten a special permit to do so anyway. Huge!
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US DOT Gets Serious About LNG by Rail – Publishes Proposed Rules

In April President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) directing the Secretary of Transportation to write a new rule allowing specially constructed tanker cars for railroads (DOT-113 tank cars) to ship LNG, i.e., liquefied natural gas (see Here Come the “Bomb Trains” – Trump to Allow LNG by Rail). The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), has just issued a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” to move the process forward. Think of it as draft regulations to allow LNG by rail car.
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Enviro Leftists Keep Up Attack on LNG Export Dock on Dela. River

In June the DRBC (Delaware River Basin Commission) approved a request by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier on the Delaware River, to be used for docking and loading two ships at a time with LNG (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). After being hounded (and threatened) by THE Delaware Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club for months over that approval, DRBC voted in September to “reconsider” its earlier decision (see DRBC Reconsiders New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). The radicals continue to pressure DRBC to overturn their earlier approval.
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DRBC Reconsiders New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River

There, now that’s the DRBC (Delaware River Basin Commission) we know and expect–obsequiously bowing before the likes of THE Delaware Riverkeeper and her environmental cousin, the Sierra Club. In June the DRBC approved a request by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier on the Delaware River (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). After being hounded (and threatened) by Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club for months over that approval, DRBC voted last week to “reconsider” its earlier decision. Their true colors shine through.
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