Project Snapshot
Broadwater Energy
Facility Type: LNG
Scope: New Construction
Owner: Broadwater Energy LLC (TransCanada and Shell)
Location: Long Island Sound, New York  United States
Region: North America
Modified:  August 31, 2010

Project description

Broadwater Energy LLC is a joint venture between TransCanada and Shell that is working to develop a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) in the Long Island Sound. The first of its kind in the region, the FSRU would receive LNG from tankers and then store and vaporize it. The Broadwater Energy solution also proposes building a subsea underground pipeline that would connect the FSRU and its natural gas to existing pipeline systems servicing the northeastern United States.

Moored 9 miles off the coast of New York's Long Island and 10.5 miles off the coast of Connecticut, the FSRU would receive two to three LNG carriers a week. The Broadwater FSRU would have a storage capacity of 8 Bcf of natural gas and a send-out capacity of 1.25 Bcf/d.

The Broadwater pipeline would connect with the Iroquois Gas Transmission System, providing natural gas to New York and Connecticut. Total project costs have been estimated at $700 million.

Broadwater Energy LLC commenced the regulatory approval activities in 2004, when it began the NEPA pre-filing process. In 2006, the company submitted an application with FERC; and in March 2008 FERC issued its approval of the Broadwater project.

In June 2008, the project received a letter of recommendation from the US Coast Guard. Nevertheless, officials in Connecticut and New York State have made attempts to stop the project. In April 2008, New York Governor David Paterson announced his opposition to the project. Broadwater appealed New York's rejection of the proposal, but the U.S. Commerce Department subsequently upheld the state's decision -- leveling what observers have called a fatal blow to the project.

In its First Quarter 2009 earnings statement in May, TransCanada announced that it was taking a $27 million after tax write-down of Broadwater LNG project costs.

  Key Stats
Major units:
Floating Storage Regasification Unit, pipeline connecting the FSRU to existing systems
regasified LNG
Post-project processing capacity:
1.25 Bcf/d
Project cost:
$700 million
  Related Articles
Commerce Dept Upholds Rejection of Broadwater
Apr 14, 2009 - In a decision environmentalists and politicians termed a deathblow to Broadwater, the U.S. Department of Commerce Monday upheld New York's rejection of a plan to build a massive, floating natural-gas plant in Long Island Sound.
Long Island-based Coast Guard Official Affirms Broadwater Plan
Jun 26, 2008 - Broadwater Energy has received its Letter of Recommendation from the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Long Island Sound addressing the suitability of the waterway to accommodate LNG vessels and the operations of the Broadwater facility.
Broadwater Files Appeal with Commerce Dept
Jun 09, 2008 - Broadwater Energy has filed an appeal to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce related to New York State's Department of State objection to Broadwater's certification of the project's consistency with the Long Island Sound Coastal Management Program.
EDITORIAL: Floating A New Idea
May 15, 2008 - The news on Broadwater Energy's proposed floating liquefied natural gas platform in the Long Island Sound arrived one-two in April.
Broadwater Consortium To Appeal
Apr 28, 2008 - An energy company, rejected by two states in its bid to build the world's first floating liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound, said Monday it intends to appeal to the U.S. Commerce Department.
Broadwater Weighs Appeal; Conn. Governor Parties
Apr 14, 2008 - Conn. Gov. M. Jodi Rell threw a little beach party Thursday to celebrate New York state's rejection of the Broadwater LNG platform in Long Island Sound.
What's Next for TransCanada's LNG Ambitions?
Apr 11, 2008 - TransCanada Corp.'s (TRP) fledgling liquefied natural gas business has suffered its second major setback in as many months, potentially grounding the company's ambitions to tap into the growing North American market.
New York State Faces April 11 Deadline on Broadwater Decision
Mar 20, 2008 - Federal energy regulators on Thursday approved the construction of a liquefied natural gas facility in Long Island Sound, a victory for the company planning the facility and a setback for environmentalists who oppose the terminal.
FERC Approves Broadwater
Mar 20, 2008 - FERC on Thursday approved a proposal by Broadwater Energy LLC to construct and operate the first floating terminal for the storage and delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the United States.
Conn. Officials Unhappy with Broadwater Decision
Mar 14, 2008 - Connecticut elected officials for a second day blasted the federal government's ruling on the proposed Broadwater liquefied natural gas terminal.
Shell Takes Steps To Sell Gas From Broadwater
Mar 05, 2008 - Even as a controversy continues around the proposed Broadwater LNG terminal, Shell Energy North America is taking steps to sell natural gas that would be delivered through the terminal.
Conn. Business Owner Urges Support of Broadwater
Feb 12, 2008 - The owner of a Rowayton, Conn.-based maritime consultancy said fears about TransCanada and Shell's proposed Broadwater LNG project in Long Island Sound are overblown.
Conn. AG: N.Y. Delay on LNG Plant Reveals Flaws
Feb 11, 2008 - New York's decision to delay for two months its ruling on the proposed Broadwater LNG project is another indication of the project's problems, said Connecticut's attorney general.
N.Y. Postpones Broadwater Decision
Feb 08, 2008 - Broadwater Energy and New York State have agreed to postpone the deadline for a state ruling on whether the proposed Broadwater LNG site is environmentally appropriate.
FERC Issues Final EIS on Broadwater
Jan 14, 2008 - Broadwater Energy, LLC achieved another major milestone Friday as the bipartisan FERC issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on Broadwater's proposed offshore, LNG facility in Long Island Sound.
Conn. AG Favors BlueOcean Over Broadwater
Jan 08, 2008 - A new plan to anchor an LNG facility 20 miles off the New Jersey coast has become the latest weapon in Connecticut's bid to block a proposal for an LNG plant in Long Island Sound.
ExxonMobil's LNG Plan: The End of Broadwater?
Dec 13, 2007 - Will ExxonMobil sink Broadwater?
Shays Growing 'Ashamed' of His Opposition to Broadwater
Oct 08, 2007 - U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays said that he was "becoming ashamed" of his opposition to the Broadwater LNG plant proposed for the Long Island Sound.
Long Island Utility Issues Broadwater Report
Aug 02, 2007 - The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) earlier this week released a 176-page report prepared by Levitan & Associates, Inc., of Boston on the proposed Broadwater LNG project.
Long Island Association Gives Conditional Support to Broadwater
Apr 12, 2007 - The Long Island Association (LIA), a prominent business group on Long Island, NY, issued the following statement Wednesday on the Broadwater Energy LNG Terminal proposal:
Suffolk County, Broadwater Still Battling over Proposed LNG Terminal
Mar 14, 2007 - Suffolk County and Broadwater Energy continue battling behind the scenes over the latter's proposal for a liquid natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound, which the New York county opposes.
Connecticut AG: Broadwater LNG Violates New York, Federal Laws
Jan 24, 2007 - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday continued his fight against the proposed Broadwater floating liquefied natural gas terminal on Long Island Sound.
Poll: 67% of Long Islanders Favor Broadwater LNG Project
Jan 10, 2007 - A Long Island public opinion poll conducted in early January by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates for Broadwater Energy found that 67 percent of survey participants on Long Island support the proposed Broadwater natural gas project.

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