Southern Union Company announced March 15 that it received approval from FERC to place its Trunkline LNG Infrastructure Enhancement Project (IEP) into service.
IEP involved two separate components: the installation of four ambient air vaporization units and the construction of a natural gas liquids extraction facility. Trunkline LNG Company LLC, located in Lake Charles, LA, is the only LNG regasification terminal in North America to employ ambient air vaporization technology. Utilization of the AVUs will significantly improve fuel efficiency during the regasification process for Trunkline LNG’s customer, BG LNG Services. Additionally, the availability of a natural gas liquids extraction facility will provide BG with greater flexibility in sourcing its LNG supply. The Trunkline LNG terminal is fully contracted to BG through 2030.
IEP cost approximately $430 million and is expected to generate operating income in the range of $55 to $60 million per year.