Acadiana Project Moves Forward

Map courtesy of Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline LLC (KMLP) has received a favorable environmental assessment from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its Acadiana Project, located in Acadia Parish, Louisiana, USA.

KMLP’s original application was filed in June of 2019, which requested FERC’s approval to construct, install, modify, operate, and maintain three gas turbine compressor units at KMLP’s existing Compressor Station 760 (CS 760).

As proposed, KMLP’s Acadiana Project will meet a specified market need by increasing firm north-to-south transportation capacity on KMLP’s system by 894,000 dekatherms per day from existing pipeline interconnects to the existing delivery point with Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC (SPL) at SPL’s liquefied natural gas export terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The expansion capacity, combined with of 145,000 dekatherms per day of existing system capacity that KMLP has reserved for the project, will enable KMLP to meet the request of SPL, which has executed a binding precedent agreement with KMLP for 945,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation capacity on KMLP’s system for delivery of feedstock gas for Train 6 at the SPL Export Terminal.

KMLP will add three 31,900 hp (23,797 kW) Solar Titan 250 gas turbine driven compressor units within two new compressor buildings at the existing CS 760. Currently, the compressor station consists of the following facilities: two 15,900 hp (11,861 kW) Solar Mars 100 gas turbine driven compressor units in a compressor building, gas cooling, filter separators, an emergency generator, a fuel gas heater, storage tanks, a master control building, an office, a warehouse, a meter skid, and other appurtenances. After the construction of the project, CS 760 will include a total of five compressor units (three compressor units installed as part of the project, in addition to the two existing gas compressor units).

KMLP will also install miscellaneous auxiliary facilities, including gas cooling, two compressor buildings, two master control buildings, a switchgear building, emergency generation, filter separators, fuel gas skids, fuel gas heaters, and re-wheel two existing compressor units at CS 760.