August 9, 2007 / 9:18 PM / 12 years ago

SUEZ gets Massachusetts permits for offshore LNG

NEW YORK, Aug 9 (Reuters) - SUEZ LNG NA LLC said on Thursday it has received all necessary permits from Massachusetts to begin construction of the buoy system and pipeline connection for an offshore liquefied natural gas terminal.

The Neptune Deepwater Port facility will be located approximately 10 miles off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

This week the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) granted the Chapter 91 License for the Neptune terminal. In addition, the company recently received its Water Quality Certification from DEP and its Coastal Zone Management Consistency Certification from the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Office.

“This is the culmination of three years of intensive work with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and we are very pleased with the partnership we have developed with the State,” Clay Harris, president and CEO of SUEZ LNG NA, said in a statement.

“Over the next couple of months, we look forward to finalizing the last of the federal environmental permits that follow these from the state in order to bring Neptune on line and expand our service to meet the growing demand for natural gas in the region in 2009,” Harris said.

SUEZ LNG NA LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of SUEZ Energy North America, Inc., the Houston-based business unit of SUEZ Energy International responsible for managing SUEZ’s energy positions in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

“For more than 35 years, SUEZ has demonstrated its commitment and ability to serve the New England market through the Everett LNG import terminal. Now, through Neptune, we are on track to providing a substantial new inflow of LNG for decades to come,” said Zin Smati, president and CEO of SUEZ Energy North America.

SUEZ Energy North America unit Distrigas of Massachusetts LLC, owns and operates the LNG receiving terminal in Everett, Massachusetts, which began operations in 1971 and currently serves most of the gas utilities in New England and key power producers, meeting approximately 20 percent of New England’s annual gas demand.

SUEZ recently executed three contracts exceeding $10 million that mark major investments to bring Neptune on line.

SUEZ Energy International is a business line of SUEZ SZE.N, which is an international industrial and services group that employs 140,000 people worldwide.

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