Gator Express Gas Pipeline
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Gator Express Gas Pipeline is a proposed natural gas pipeline connecting existing natural gas pipelines to the proposed Plaquemines LNG project in Southeastern Louisiana. 
The proposed pipeline would run from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company connections and offshore Texas Eastern Transmission pipeline connections to the proposed Plaquemines LNG project in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.
- Operator: Venture Global LNG
- Proposed capacity: 3800 million cubic feet per day
- Length: 27 miles / 43 km
- Diameter: 42-inches
- Status: Proposed
- Start Year: 2022 (Phase I), 2023 (Phase II)
Venture Global is proposing to construct two 42-inch-diameter pipelines known as the Gator Express Gas Pipeline. The Gator Express will connect to existing interstate pipelines, the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company lines and offshore Texas Eastern Transmission lines. It will deliver natural gas from the preexisting pipelines to the proposed Plaquemines LNG project site. 
The proposed Gator Express facilities will be constructed in two phases (“Phase 1” and “Phase 2”). Phase 1 will include an approximately 15-mile long, 42-inch diameter pipeline and facilities, to deliver gas to the Plaquemines LNG project from new interconnections with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC and Texas Eastern Transmission, LP located offshore, southwest of the terminal site (the “Southwest Lateral TGP”). In Phase 2, a looped section of approximately 12-mile long, 42-inch diameter pipeline and facilities will be constructed to deliver additional supplies to the terminal from the interconnection with Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (the “Southwest Lateral TETLP”). 
Each phase will be designed to deliver approximately 1.9 Bcf/day, and will have a maximum allowable operating pressure of 1,200 pounds per square inch gauge. 
In May 2019, Venture Global LNG, Inc. announced that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had issued the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the company's 20 million tonne per annum (MTPA) Plaquemines LNG facility in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. On August 31, 2018, FERC notified Venture Global LNG that it plans to issue a Final Order for the Plaquemines LNG facility and the associated Gator Express Pipeline no later than August 1, 2019. The project remains on track for a Final Investment Decision and commencement of construction in late 2019 with full commercial operations expected in 2023.
In September of 2019, the project received full Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval. FERC also approved the associated Plaquemines LNG Terminal, which will receive the natural gas from Gator Express.
Articles and resources
- "Gator Express Gas Pipeline," Venture Global LNG, accessed January 2018
- Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Administration, accessed July 21, 2020
- Venture Global LNG Announces Regulatory Milestone for Plaquemines LNG and 20 MTPA Delta LNG Export Project Business Insider, accessed May 2019
- Rachael Thomas, $8.5 billion natural gas liquefaction facility coming to Plaquemines Parish WAFB9, September 30, 2019