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Aguirre Offshore GasPort, LLC; Notice of Application

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Take notice that on April 17, 2013, Aguirre Offshore GasPort, LLC (Aguirre), 1450 Lake Robbins Drive, Suite 200, The Woodlands, Texas 77380, filed in the above referenced docket an application pursuant section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), as amended, and Parts 153 and 380 of the Commission's regulations, requests authorization to construct and operate certain liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal facilities, including a 4.1-mile subsea interconnecting natural gas pipeline, to be located in Salinas, along the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in Commonwealth waters, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing may also be viewed on the web at using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.

Any questions concerning this application may be directed to Mike Trammel, Senior Director—Government and Environmental Affairs, Excelerate Energy L.P., 1450 Lake Robbins, Suite 200, The Woodlands, Texas 77380, (832) 813-7629.

In addition to the LNG terminal, the Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project will include a non-jurisdictional Energy Bridge Regasification Vessel functioning as the floating storage and regasification unit for the Project. The project will provide up to 3.2 billion cubic feet of LNG storage capacity and a sustained deliverability of 500 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d), with a peak deliverability of 600 MMscf/d of natural gas directly to the Aguirre Power Plant. Aguirre is developing this project in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to supply PREPA's Aguirre Power Plant with natural gas as an alternative fuel to produce electricity for Puerto Rico's businesses and consumers.

On January 11, 2012, the Commission staff granted Aguirre's request to use the pre-filing process and assigned Docket No. PF12-4-000 for this proceeding during the pre-filing review of the Start Printed Page 26342project. Now, as of the filing of the application on April 17, 2013, the pre-filing process for this project has ended. From this time forward, Aguirre's proceeding will be conducted in Docket No. CP13-193-000, as noted in the caption of this Notice.

Pursuant to section 157.9 of the Commission's rules, 18 CFR 157.9, within 90 days of this Notice the Commission staff will either: Complete its environmental assessment (EA) and place it into the Commission's public record (eLibrary) for this proceeding; or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the Commission staff's issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) or EA for this proposal. The filing of the EA in the Commission's public record for this proceeding or the issuance of a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review will serve to notify federal and state agencies of the timing for the completion of all necessary reviews, and the subsequent need to complete all federal authorizations within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff's FEIS or EA.

There are two ways to become involved in the Commission's review of this project. First, any person wishing to obtain legal status by becoming a party to the proceedings for this project should, on or before the comment date stated below, file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214 or 385.211) and the Regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.10). A person obtaining party status will be placed on the service list maintained by the Secretary of the Commission and will receive copies of all documents filed by the applicant and by all other parties. A party must submit seven copies of filings made with the Commission and must mail a copy to the applicant and to every other party in the proceeding. Only parties to the proceeding can ask for court review of Commission orders in the proceeding.

However, a person does not have to intervene in order to have comments considered. The second way to participate is by filing with the Secretary of the Commission, as soon as possible, an original and two copies of comments in support of or in opposition to this project. The Commission will consider these comments in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but the filing of a comment alone will not serve to make the filer a party to the proceeding. The Commission's rules require that persons filing comments in opposition to the project provide copies of their protests only to the party or parties directly involved in the protest.

Persons who wish to comment only on the environmental review of this project should submit an original and two copies of their comments to the Secretary of the Commission. Environmental commentors will be placed on the Commission's environmental mailing list, will receive copies of the environmental documents, and will be notified of meetings associated with the Commission's environmental review process. Environmental commentors will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commentors will not receive copies of all documents filed by other parties or issued by the Commission (except for the mailing of environmental documents issued by the Commission) and will not have the right to seek court review of the Commission's final order.

The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and five copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426.

This filing is accessible on-line at, using the “eLibrary” link and is available for review in the Commission's Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an “eSubscription” link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email, or call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

Comment Date: May 21, 2013.

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Dated: April 30, 2013.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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[FR Doc. 2013-10643 Filed 5-3-13; 8:45 am]