Golden Pass LNG Terminal
Golden Pass LNG is a joint venture between affiliates of Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips that provides access to North American markets. The four main terminal components are:
- dock and unloading facilities for double hulled LNG ships;
- five full-containment LNG storage tanks;
- vaporization equipment to warm LNG to its natural gas state; and
- associated pipeline facilities and equipment required to transport natural gas from the LNG terminal to existing intrastate and interstate natural gas pipeline systems.
Plans are under development to add export capabilities to the existing world-class LNG import terminal. The proposed project, Golden Pass Products, would generate tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic impact in the United States. Golden Pass Products is currently undergoing a rigorous application and permitting process mandated by the U.S. Government.
Safety is the top priority
LNG terminals and ships are designed and constructed with safety as the main priority. Over the past 45 years, the LNG industry has safely transported and processed LNG around the world. Industry standards, codes, training, inspections and operating procedures as well as government regulations are in place for the safe design, construction and operation of LNG terminals and ships.
LNG terminals and ships are designed with multiple layers of protection. For example, LNG ships are designed with double hulls with two layers of steel and equipped with gas detectors and safety alarms. The Golden Pass LNG terminal utilizes two independent levels of containment including an inner steel tank and a thick reinforced concrete outer shell. The terminal storage tanks are also surrounded by a berm to provide another layer of projection in the unlikely event of a spill. In addition, the FERC permitting process, which includes coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, required rigorous safety assessments of LNG terminals and ships.
Golden Pass LNG also implements security measures for the terminal and ships as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Benefits to the local economy
The Golden Pass LNG project represents an investment of more than $1 billion and provides the following benefits:
- a safe, reliable, long-term, competitive source of energy for area residents and industries;
- help for the Port Arthur area to attract new business and retain existing jobs in the face of declining natural gas supplies;
- and highly-skilled permanent jobs.
A good Corporate Citizen
Golden Pass LNG places great value on its relationship, built on trust and respect, with the communities of Southeast Texas. A special effort has been made to partner with Sabine Pass through various community projects. In 2008, Golden Pass LNG assisted in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Ike, helping the Sabine Pass community move forward after the devastating storm.
Safeguarding the local environment is also a top priority for Golden Pass LNG. We employ best industry practices and technology. Additionally, Golden Pass LNG complies with regulatory requirements to ensure a responsible, environmentally friendly terminal and pipeline.