Houston-based Clean energy solutions company Pilot LNG LLC on Thursday (10 December) announced it has filed all relevant documentation with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to initiate the Waterway Suitability Assessment (WSA) process for its proposed Galveston LNG Bunker Port (GLBP) project.
This process, conducted by USCG, will include a comprehensive review of all relevant safety and security impacts related to maritime traffic as a result of the addition of the GLBP project to ensure and confirm the suitability of the Galveston Bay Region, incorporating the Galveston, Houston and Texas City shipping channels, for the project.
Pilot LNG said on December 5, 2020, AcuTech Consulting Group, acting on behalf of the GLBP project, submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI) and preliminary WSA report to USCG to initiate its evaluation.
The USCG will then consider the suitability of the region to accommodate the type and frequency of LNG marine traffic associated with the GLBP project in consultation with a variety of state and local port stakeholders and incorporating analysis of all current and reasonably anticipated marine traffic in the region.
In its review of the WSA, the USCG will address public comments raised during the consultation period, including issues related to safety, security, environmental impacts, economics, public outreach, and physical characteristics of the ship channels.
Pilot LNG explained the USCG analysis will incorporate maritime traffic directly related to Pilot LNG’s facility including expected small scale LNG barge traffic in addition to other existing and anticipated marine traffic transiting through the Channels such as container ships, cruise liners, bulk carriers, chemical carriers, Ro-Ro’s, pure car carriers, ferries, fishing vessels, recreational vessels, towing vessels, non-piloted barges, among others, to ensure the waterway can safely manage current and anticipated incremental traffic from the GLBP facility.
The company said the submission of the LOI and preliminary WSA to the USCG marks a milestone in Pilot LNG’s project development.
With the regulatory application for the facility submitted to the US Army Corp. of Engineers in July 2020, Pilot LNG said the project continues to advance towards full approval and Final Investment Decision (FID) for the development of the GLBP project on Pelican Island, Texas, by late 2021 / early 2022.
Photo credit: Pilot LNG LLC
Published: 14 December, 2020
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