Programs

Jordan Cove Energy Project L.P. proposes to construct a liquefied natural gas export facility on 500 acres of the North Spit of the Coos River, near North Bend. The facility would have the capacity to export up to six million metric tons of liquefied natural gas per year. Veresen, the parent company and applicant, also proposes to build a natural gas pipeline called the Pacific Connector between the Jordan Cove facility and Malin in Klamath County. The 235-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline’s capacity would be up to one billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
 
Other elements of the project include construction of a marine terminal, widening of the navigation channel at four turns, a regional emergency response center, temporary workforce housing, and road and highway improvements. Roughly 100 acres is set aside to offset habitat impacted by the project at the former Kentuck golf course in Coos County.
 
As proposed, the liquefied natural gas facility would begin operating in 2024. DEQ must evaluate the proposed project to ensure it complies with state and federal environmental laws during and after construction.
 

Permits

DEQ expects to receive several permit applications from Jordan Cove in the next year or two. As part of the permit process, DEQ will hold public comment periods. Below is a list of permits identified for the project:
 
  • Air Quality permits for the liquefied natural gas facility on the North Spit and the compressor station at Malin
  • Water Quality permits for stormwater management during construction of liquefied natural gas facilities on the North Spit, the Kentuck mitigation site in Coos County and the pipeline route from Malin to the terminal on the North Spit
  • Water Quality permits for managing wastewater and other process water for the liquefied natural gas facilities on the North Spit, and the pipeline route from Malin to the terminal on the North Spit
  • 401 Water Quality Certification for the project associated with dredging, filling in wetlands, excavating, drilling and stabilizing site soil to prevent ground movement during earthquakes
  • Closure plans for former Weyerhaeuser landfills at the liquefied natural gas facilities on the North Spit

Environmental Impact Statement

On June 9, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requested comments on Jordan Cove’s liquefied natural gas facilities and Pacific Connector pipeline projects. Once the comment period is closed and Jordan Cove has submitted its application to FERC, FERC will begin drafting the Environmental Impact Statement. DEQ has the opportunity to comment on the scope of the project and the draft statement.  
 

Project elements

The proposed terminal would receive natural gas via the pipeline. At the terminal, natural gas would be super-cooled into a liquid and transferred to vessels for export. Roughly 110 to 120 vessels would use the terminal each year.

The proposed export facility includes a new marine slip to accommodate ocean-going vessels. The marine slip would be excavated on 120 acres adjacent to the Coos Bay to create about 30 acres of new marine moorage. The marine slip would be dredged and maintained to a depth of 45 feet and would displace about 4.3 million cubic yards of dredged material. An additional 1.3 million cubic yards of material would be dredged to create an access channel connecting the marine slip with the federally maintained navigation channel. Jordan Cove will place the dredged material at four proposed locations: the Weyerhaeuser Linerboard Mill site, the liquefied natural gas terminal site, the Kentuck golf course mitigation site, and the North Point site in North Bend.

The proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project is designed to transport up to one billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from Malin to the Jordan Cove LNG terminal, where the natural gas will be liquefied for export to international markets. The pipeline would affect about 400 bodies of water in the Coos, Coquille, South Umpqua, Upper Rogue, Upper Klamath and Lost River watersheds. The pipeline would cross beneath four major rivers (Coos, Umpqua, Rogue and Klamath) and would cross 1.58 miles of wetlands and 2.45 miles of water bodies.

Housing, sanitary services, and amenities for 2,000 temporary construction workers are proposed for development during construction of the liquefied natural gas project. The housing is proposed on the North Spit at the former Weyerhaeuser mill site.

The Southwest Oregon Regional Safety Center, a multi-agency emergency response and training center, would be on the North Spit at the former Weyerhaeuser mill site.

​Contacts

For more information about DEQ's role in the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project, call Mary Camarata, Project Coordinator, at 541-687-7435.
 
Members of the media should contact Katherine Benenati at 541-686-7997.