NORTH BEND (AP) — A proposed natural gas export terminal at Coos Bay will need a power plant to chill and condense the fuel into the liquid form known as LNG, the developers say. The Jordan Cove project was initially conceived as an import terminal. But after major finds of natural gas in the United States, the developers shifted to exports.
The project has just started the process of applying for state approval of the power plant, and few details about it are available, The World of Coos Bay reported Wednesday.
At a public meeting Tuesday, opponents of the project heckled a spokesman for the project, Roy Hemmingway, and officials of the state Department of Energy threatened at one point to end the meeting.
To build a power plant, Jordan Cove needs a permit from the Oregon Department of Energy.
That permit is in addition to, and separate from, Jordan Cove’s permit application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which looks at the project as a whole. It once granted a permit for the planned import terminal and is now examining the export proposal.
“A lot of citizens are frustrated,” said Jody McCaffree, the leader of a local anti-LNG group. “There are a lot of agencies we have to say the same dang things to.”
Hemmingway said the local electricity grid can’t supply enough power to cool the natural gas. “It takes tremendous energy,” he said.
The company has given the state notice that it intends to file an application for the power plant.
“We’re certainly going to have an awful lot more detail about the power plant and what is needed in the application” later on, Hemmingway said.
If the plant is built, it could supply additional power to the local grid, Hemmingway said, and it could connect with future offshore energy projects.