Constructing the gas liquefaction plant and marine terminal at the Port MacKenzie site proposed by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough does not eliminate the challenges of building on the property across Knik Arm from Anchorage instead of the project’s preferred site 60 miles to the south on Cook Inlet, the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. told federal regulators.
The state team this month filed several lengthy packages of information in response to a list of requests Oct. 2 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is just three months away from its scheduled release of the proposed Alaska LNG project’s draft environmental impact statement (EIS). The review will look at multiple project alternatives — including the LNG plant site.
AGDC’s Nov. 20 filing included answers to FERC questions about the suitability of building at what the Mat-Su Borough calls the “optimal site” at Port MacKenzie, which borders other locations at the port already reviewed and rejected by the state team. Since 2013, the project’s preferred choice has been to construct the LNG terminal in Nikiski.