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FERC Comes to the Rescue as Gas Supply Threatened by Tesoro Shutdown
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FERC dismisses request for liquefied natural gas import authorization

C-2, The Gas Company, LLC, Docket No. CP12-498-000. The order dismisses The Gas Company, LLC’s request for authorization to operate facilities to receive and vaporize domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG) transported from the U.S. mainland, for distribution to end use customers in Hawaii. The order finds that the proposed project does not constitute an LNG terminal as envisioned under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act and does not require any other authorization from the Commission.

FULL TEXT: FERC Order of Dismissal (Excerpt below)

4. The Gas Company relies on a single source for its SNG: the Tesoro oil refinery in Kapolei, located just west of Honolulu. A 22-mile-long Gas Company pipeline extends from the SNG plant to Pier 38 in Honolulu Harbor, a point of interconnection with eight of The Gas Company’s SNG distribution systems. The Gas Company explains that in response to concerns about the future reliability of its single SNG source – and in view of the typically high cost of the naphtha-based feedstock used to make SNG and the decline in the cost of natural gas – it has decided to supplement its SNG supplies by introducing LNG supplies to Hawaii. The Gas Company declares it “already has in place the necessary infrastructure and experienced workforce” and “already operates within the legal and regulatory framework necessary for delivering gas to business and residential customers throughout the state.

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Macquarie Infrastructure Company's Hawaii Gas Business Clears Federal Hurdle to Transporting Containerized LNG

FERC declines to assert jurisdiction

News Release from MIC

Macquarie Infrastructure Company's (NYS: MIC) Hawai'iGas business received a decision from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that is expected to accelerate Hawai'iGas' proposal to transport containerized liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii.

In a decision published yesterday, the FERC declined to assert jurisdiction over Hawai'iGas' proposal, thereby removing a potential federal hurdle to the project. Hawai'iGas sought FERC approval in an August 2012 filing.

The project remains subject to satisfaction of state and local regulatory requirements.

"The FERC's decision not to assert jurisdiction over the proposed transportation of LNG to Hawaii is a positive step for both the company and the Hawaiian economy," said James Hooke, Chief Executive Officer of MIC. "The decision should hasten the implementation of the LNG program at Hawai'iGas and opens the door to reducing the cost of energy in Hawaii."

At current prices LNG is about 25% less expensive than the feedstock used to produce the synthetic natural gas distributed to Hawai'iGas' utility customers.

In anticipation of the required approvals, Hawai'iGas has secured the equipment necessary for the vaporization of LNG and two LNG shipping containers. The company plans to employ up to 20 containers in a continuous cycle of transport of liquefied natural gas from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii.

Hawai'iGas expects to be prepared to receive a first container of LNG in as little as 60 days, subject to its having obtained required approvals from state and local authorities.

About Macquarie Infrastructure Company

Macquarie Infrastructure Company owns, operates and invests in a diversified group of infrastructure businesses providing basic, everyday services, to customers in the United States. Its businesses consist of three energy-related businesses including a gas production and distribution business (Hawai'iGas), a controlling interest in a district energy business (District Energy), and a 50% interest in a bulk liquid storage terminal business (International-Matex Tank Terminals). MIC also owns and operates an aviation-related airport services business (Atlantic Aviation). The Company is managed by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Macquarie Group. For additional information, please visit the Macquarie Infrastructure Company website at www.macquarie.com/mic. MIC-G

Forward-Looking Statements

This filing contains forward-looking statements. MIC may, in some cases, use words such as "project", "believe", "anticipate", "plan", "expect", "estimate", "intend", "should", "would", "could", "potentially", or "may" or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this release are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond MIC's control including, among other things: changes in general economic or business conditions; its ability to service, comply with the terms of and refinance debt, successfully integrate and manage acquired businesses, retain or replace qualified employees, manage growth, make and finance future acquisitions, and implement its strategy; its shared decision-making with co-investors over investments including the distribution of dividends; its regulatory environment establishing rate structures and monitoring quality of service, demographic trends, the political environment, the economy, tourism, construction and transportation costs, air travel, environmental costs and risks, fuel and gas costs; its ability to recover increases in costs from customers, reliance on sole or limited source suppliers, risks or conflicts of interests involving its relationship with the Macquarie Group and changes in U.S. federal tax law.

MIC's actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. Additional risks of which MIC is not currently aware could also cause its actual results to differ. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events discussed in this release may not occur. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release. MIC undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

MIC is not an authorized deposit-taking institution for the purposes of the Banking Act 1959 (Commonwealth of Australia). The obligations of MIC do not represent deposits or other liabilities of Macquarie Bank Limited ABN 46 008 583 542 (MBL). MBL does not guarantee or otherwise provide assurance in respect of the obligations of MIC. 

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