PLEASANT POINT (AP) – A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on Passamaquoddy tribal land at Split Rock now has four times the capacity of the original project and may involve a company in Trinidad and Tobago as well as the government of Trinidad.

Oklahoma-based Quoddy Bay LLC has been trying to line up a partner for the project in the two-island Caribbean nation which, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, provides more than 60 percent of LNG imports to the United States.

“The goal in Trinidad is to give them an opportunity to supply natural gas to this facility. Trinidad as a government and as a country does not want to be treated as a Third World country and get paid only for their gas supply, but wants to take part in downstream investments,” said Brian Smith of Quoddy Bay.

Although it had first proposed a terminal that could handle 500 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, Quoddy Bay formally notified FERC that it wants to build a facility with a capacity of 2 billion cubic feet.

Quoddy Bay intends to construct a terminal with a two-berth pier and two systems for converting LNG back into vapor, making it theoretically possible to process 4 billion cubic feet daily, company spokesman Cary Weston said.

But because only one of the regasification systems would operate at a time, the most gas that could be fed into a pipeline that runs from Atlantic Canada to Massachusetts is 2 billion cubic feet, Weston said.

The dual systems provide redundancy to ensure that Quoddy Bay’s supply of natural gas into the Maritimes & Northeast pipeline will not be halted because of maintenance shutdowns or other interruptions, he said.

Quoddy Bay plans to build a 35-mile connecting pipeline with a 2 billion cubic feet a day capacity from Split Rock to Princeton. Gas could be fed directly into the pipeline, bypassing a storage tank facility in Perry that would have a capacity 10 billion cubic feet.

The terminal’s daily output would likely be less than the maximum, closer to 1 billion cubic feet per day, Weston said. At that rate, and at current prices, the terminal would be able to handle more than $2.8 billion worth of the fuel each year.

The project, one of three LNG proposals now on the drawing board in Washington County, has drawn opposition in the local area and from Canadian officials across Head Harbor Passage in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

An opposition group in eastern Maine, Save Passamaquoddy Bay, expressed concern about the latest developments.

“The public concern for the secrecy that has surrounded this project should be on full alert as information about trying to sell this project to a foreign country has been brought to light,” said Linda Godfrey, a spokeswoman for the group.

Information from: Bangor Daily News,

AP-ES-02-22-06 1052EST

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