NorthernStar Natural Gas, Houston, mengumumkan pada 4 Mei, perusahaan menunda pengembangan dari terminal Bradwood Landingnya dekat Astoria, Ore.

Penulis : Warren R. True

The terminal was to have sent up to 1.3 bcfd into Northwest US markets and was one of three LNG projects proposed for Oregon. Also part of the project was a 36.3-mile pipeline.

In a company announcement, NorthernStar Pres. Paul Soanes cited extended delays in the processing of state and federal permits and the “difficult investment environment.” He said, “[The] challenging regulatory environment,” in particular, “gives investors pause.”

Development work on Bradwood Landing began nearly 6 years ago on the site of the former Bradwood lumber mill with a natural deepwater port on the Columbia River in Clatsop County. The US Coast Guard determined the Columbia River could be made suitable for LNG marine traffic in its decision of Apr. 24, 2009.

The project received approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in September 2008 after 3½ years of “scientific and technical review,” the company said. On Mar. 20, 2008, the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners approved Bradwood’s consolidated land-use application.