Annova LNG Brownsville Project, received its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) from the U.S Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Annova LNG is a 6.0 MTPA liquefied natural gas export facility under development at the Port of Brownsville, Texas.
FERC and multiple federal and state agencies participated in the review. Omar Khayum, CEO, Annova LNG said, “We are pleased they recognize our proactive approach to minimizing our impact on the environment, including investing in mitigation that is above and beyond what is required by local, state and federal regulations.”
The FERC EIS said, “We conclude that impacts on the environment from the proposed Project would be reduced to less than significant levels with the implementation of Annova’s proposed impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended by FERC staff.”
Measures taken by Annova to minimize the environmental impact of the plant include:
Moving the site to accommodate an ocelot corridor, modifying its layout to create a 185 acre conservation corridor and avoid impacting over 100 acres of wetlands, using electric motor drive equipment to reduce air emissions, and pledging to restore over 250 acres of wetlands and shallow water habitat.
“We also recognize FERC’s tremendous efforts to streamline the LNG review process, as FERC maintained its published schedule for the project, despite reopening the public comment period to allow additional time due to the federal government shutdown,” said Khayum.
Annova LNG will support an average of approximately 700 on-site jobs over a four-year period. After completion, the facility will employ approximately 165 permanent full-time workers.