Exxon Mobil Corporation plans to seek regulatory approval for BlueOcean Energy, a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal that will be anchored approximately 20 miles off the coast of New Jersey and about 30 miles off the coast of New York.
|The floating terminal, with an LNG carrier alongside. The inset shows the approximate location. Click to enlarge.|
The more than $1-billion project will have the capacity to supply about 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, enough to meet the needs of more than five million residential consumers.
The BlueOcean Energy floating terminal will be anchored in about 150 feet of water. It is designed to receive LNG supplies from double-hulled LNG ships about twice a week, and store the LNG in insulated tanks inside the terminal’s double hull.
Heaters on the deck of the ocean terminal will warm the LNG to turn it back into natural gas for delivery to market through a new subsea pipeline to new and existing onshore natural gas pipelines. The pipeline routing will be determined during the permitting process.
ExxonMobil is emphasizing the security planning going into the project. BlueOcean Energy commissioned former New Jersey Attorney General John Farmer, a noted security expert and senior counsel to the 911 Commission, to conduct a safety and security assessment of the facility.
BlueOcean Energy is at the start of a lengthy permitting process involving state and federal agencies, as well as the general public.
In addition to BlueOcean Energy, ExxonMobil is involved in three other terminal projects. Receiving terminals are under construction near Sabine Pass, Texas; in Wales in the United Kingdom; and offshore Italy in the Adriatic Sea. With several years required for permitting, engineering and construction, BlueOcean Energy is expected to begin service around the middle of the next decade.