A concept project for a liquefied natural gas(LNG) terminal at Breakers is attracting a lot of community attention and social media reaction, especially over its environmental implications.
The companies involved, Breakers LNG (Cayman) Ltd and Eagle LNG Partners LLC of Jacksonville, Florida, say they have presented preliminary plans to the Cayman Islands Department of Environment, and that initial feedback received is being considered as part of the project design.
The companies say they are looking at building a floating mooring in the Breakers area.
A press release issued by the developers said, “While the project is in its early stages, the aim is for LNG to be delivered from ship to shore through a marine mooring and land connection, similar to the fuel trans-shipment process at Jackson Point in George Town.”
It also states that the project plan does not require a port.
The idea of a port in the Breakers area was one of the main concerns voiced, particularly how it is likely to impact the environmentally delicate wetlands areas.
The plan also entails a holding tank to be built in an existing quarry.
But there are reservations within government about the the project including its planned location, and the issue of public consultation - especially the environmental implications for the wetlands area at the proposed site.
The Hon. Minister for Environment, Dwayne Seymour, says he was “surprised to hear about the developers who are proposing to build a liquefied natural gas terminal near to Breakers.”
“I find their approach of not consulting with the residents in the area including Breakers and Midland Acres, to be highly disrespectful,” Mr Seymour has said.
He also stated, “I have not been contacted about the proposal.”
The issue of public consultation on this project has also been flagged as a sore point related to the timing of the announcement.
The companies also said “all environmental impact assessments and appropriate mitigations will be addressed per the Department’s requirements.”
According to Min. Seymour, “Any developer making a proposal shouldn’t simply come here, select a spot, dream up their plan and not consult with the residents and their representative."
"Had I been approached”, he stated, “I would have suggested that they conduct a full consultative process with residents to inform them and educate them about the proposed project.”
Mr Seymour further stated that he was “quite upset with the disrespect being shown with the lack of consultation about this project, to myself as the Minister with responsibility for the Environment, and to the residents in the area.”
Breakers LNG (Cayman) Ltd and Eagle LNG Partners LLC of Jacksonville, Florida say “there are also plans to meet with Caucus to present the project over the next month, and a public consultation process will be undertaken.”
It has been pointed out that the property in that area has been the subject of several proposals over the past 10 years with the planned LNG terminal being the latest.
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