Project Snapshot
Calais LNG
Facility Type: LNG
Scope: New Construction
Owner: Calais LNG Project Co., LLC
Location: Calais, Maine  United States
Region: North America
Modified:  January 05, 2011

Project description

Backed by a partnership representing the legal, environmental consulting, financial, and communications communities, the Calais LNG project calls for building and operating an LNG receiving terminal and storage facility near Calais in coastal Washington County, Maine. The 330-acre project site, located along the deepwater banks of the St. Croix River that separates Maine from the Canadian province of New Brunswick, is approximately six miles southeast of Calais.

The LNG import terminal would consist of the following: a single-berth marine LNG terminal; an unloading platform affixed to a pier; three cargo unloading arms (12,000 cubic meter per hour unloading capacity rate) and one vapor return arm on the pier; two 160,000-cubic-meter full-containment LNG storage tanks; boil-off gas and vapor handling system and sendout pumps; LNG vaporization system; emergency generator and separate uninterruptible power supply system; ancillary terminal facilities; a sendout meter; and a hazard monitoring system. The approximately 1,000-foot-long pier would accommodate LNG vessels ranging in cargo capacity from 120,000 to 170,000 cubic meters.

Calais LNG would link to the existing Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, LLC pipeline system at Princeton, Maine, via a 20.5-mile-long, 36-inch-diameter sendout pipeline that would be built in conjunction with the terminal and storage facility. According to the project's backers, this close proximity to the pipeline is one of the key reasons why the project site is considered the best LNG site in the Northeast U.S. Other benefits of the site reportedly are its topography that prevents visibility from U.S. Route 1, its proximity to an industrial facility across the river in Canada, and the relatively minimal length of the pier.

Financing challenges

As of January 5, 2011, Calais LNG was still seeking a new financial backer for the project after the original key investor—Goldman Sachs—had dropped out of the project the previous summer. In conjunction with this development, Calais LNG lost an option to buy the land for the project. It has suspended the project as it addresses these challenges, and it has requested that regulators postpone action on the project application.

Should Calais LNG secure the necessary financing and regulatory approvals and be constructed, the project is expected to support approximately 250 construction jobs and from 40 to 60 permanent operations and maintenance jobs.

  Key Stats
Project partners:
Woodard & Curran; Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios; Bracewell & Giuliani; Barton & Gingold
Major units:
pier with berthing for one LNG vessel; two LNG storage tanks (160,000 cubic meters each) and potential expansion for third tank; send-out plant and ancillary features; 20.5-mile pipeline
Sendout capacity:
1 billion cubic feet per day
regassified LNG
  Related Articles
Feds Reject Permit for Calais LNG; Developers Say Project Isn't Dead Yet
Apr 09, 2012 - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has pulled the plug on a six-year effort to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on the St. Croix River basin in Passamaquoddy Bay near the Washington County community of Calais.
Calais LNG Pulls Application
Dec 15, 2010 - The company that proposed a $1 billion liquefied natural gas terminal in Calais, Maine, put the project on hold Tuesday, two days before a scheduled showdown with state regulators.
Calais LNG Permit On Hold Until Dec. 1
Sep 20, 2010 - The Maine Board of Environmental Protection has decided to give a developer more time to try to line up financing and gather technical information for a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Calais.
Calais LNG Again Asks to Postpone Permit Hearing
Aug 11, 2010 - The company attempting to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Calais is asking the Maine Board of Environmental Protection for another month to find a new investor.
Calais LNG Seeks New Financial Backer
Jul 22, 2010 - A company hoping to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Calais, Maine, is working to line up a new financial backer after the original partner opted to drop out of the project.
Feds Pull Plug on Tribe's LNG Pact
Apr 28, 2010 - An energy development firm has lost its land lease with a local Indian tribe after the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs canceled the firm's lease contract, according to officials.
Unified Vision Eludes Energy Corridor Panel
Dec 04, 2009 - Tensions between Maine and Canada over proposed LNG facilities in Passamaquoddy Bay once again have spilled over into efforts to develop regulations for potentially lucrative lease agreements between the state and energy companies.
Maine, Canada At Odds Over LNG
Sep 29, 2009 - Leaders of Maine and New Brunswick remain deadlocked over the issue of liquefied natural gas tankers in Head Harbor Passage despite recent pledges to work together on energy issues.
Irving Oil Pledges Not To Oppose Downeast LNG Facilities
Sep 02, 2009 - Representatives of the parent company of Irving Oil are pledging not to oppose proposed liquefied natural gas facilities in Down East Maine.
Tribe Ends LNG Contract with Quoddy Bay Firm
Jun 18, 2009 - The owner of an Oklahoma company that hopes to construct a liquefied natural gas terminal on Passamaquoddy Bay expressed surprise this week that the Passamaquoddy Tribe has voted to terminate its land lease contract with his firm.
Calais Pipeline Sets Open Season
May 19, 2009 - Calais Pipeline Company, LLC will conduct a binding open season for 1 billion cubic feet per day ("Bcf/day") of firm transportation service through an approximately 20.5-mile proposed pipeline.
FERC Welcomes Public Comment On Calais LNG
Dec 03, 2008 - Calais LNG was the last of three companies to propose building a liquefied natural gas project in Washington County, Maine - but its directors intend for it to be the one that succeeds.
Developers Promote Maine LNG Project
Jan 22, 2008 - A group of developers looking to build an LNG facility on a stretch of Calais, Maine, shoreline spent the past week promoting the project, though it remains in the planning stages.
Reasons Behind Calais LNG Breakup Remain Elusive
Feb 08, 2007 - It appears internal problems caused a fledgling LNG company to fall apart, but no one has said what precipitated the breakup of Calais LNG near the Maine-New Brunswick border.
'Underdog' LNG Firm Has High Hopes for Maine Site
Jan 23, 2007 - Right now they see themselves as the "underdogs" but developers of an LNG facility in this border community believe they have the best plan.

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