LNG Port Undergoing Final Tests

A controversial liquefied natural gas port off the coast of Massachusetts is undergoing final testing before its first delivery.

Located 18 miles east of Boston, the Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge Deepwater Port is one of only two of its kind.

The port is made up of underwater buoys that tankers connect with to unload their cargo.

Tests being done with an empty LNG tanker are expected to last several days.

Excelerate Energy chief operating officer Jonathan Cook says the buoys are about 100 feet down and have several security measures in place.

"Marker lights on the surface connected to a messenger line and the location of the buoys are marked on the navigational charts and we also utilize support vessels to patrol the area." Cook says.

If the testing goes well, Cook says fully loaded LNG tankers should begin to use the new off shore port soon.

This program aired on February 22, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.


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