On April 17, AGDC filed an application to obtain a Natural Gas Act Section 3 permit with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Alaska LNG Project.
FERC is the lead federal agency that authorizes siting, construction, and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects, and will lead the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) review process. The agency will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project as well as coordinate permit applications with other federal agencies. Advancing the project through the federal environmental process will reduce the permitting risk and provide surety to project investors, financiers, and customers. FERC will soon publish a schedule for the NEPA process in the federal register that outlines the time to develop a draft EIS (likely 12 months) and a final EIS (another 6 months). The outcome of this NEPA process will be a FERC order that authorizes AGDC to construct the Alaska LNG project.