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Officials hold public hearing on proposed Elba Island plant

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Officials held a public open house Tuesday at Savannah Tech to discuss plans to develop a natural gas liquefaction plant at Southern LNG's Elba Island terminal on the Savannah River.

They will begin a new exportation of the natural gas, but it does not involve trucking the materials, which caused public outcry and a fight from the city of Savannah. Shell and Kinder Morgan affiliates have agreed to modify the Elba express pipeline and Elba Island LNG terminal to physically transport natural gas to the terminal, liquefy it and load it onto ships for export.

"The consequences and potential of this project is global in significance," said Jim Cordero, Richmond Hill resident. "The implications for America and it's citizens are huge. I hope things go as planned and we start exporting in the next three to four years."

Construction on the liquefaction plant is expected to start in the next few years, with the first exports heading out by the end of the decade.

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