Annova LNG Takes Major Step to Support Ocelot Research with Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

KINGSVILLE, TX (DEC. 16, 2015) — Annova LNG, through its majority owner Exelon Generation, is joining forces with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute’s Wild Cats Conservation Fund and Feline Research Program to support their important work with ocelots in the Rio Grande Valley. Annova LNG today announced a $40,000 contribution to facilitate GPS tracking and other work in monitoring the Willacy County ocelot population, the largest and one of the last resident populations of this endangered wild cat in the United States.

“It is our honor to present this worthy organization with the funds needed to study and preserve this beautiful, endangered wild cat,” said David Chung, President of Annova LNG. “As we continue to work through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) process, Annova LNG and Exelon are committed to partner with groups and research institutions that are making meaningful impacts on environmental quality. That is exactly what the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute is doing by researching, managing and ultimately restoring the ocelot population in South Texas.”

The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute was established in 1981 and is one of the leading programs of its kind in the United States. The institute’s state-of-the-art facilities are located on the campus of Texas A&M University–Kingsville. The Institute draws researchers, educators and students in a variety of disciplines from around the world to study and research a wide range of wildlife related subjects.

“We are very appreciative of this donation and thrilled to work with a company such as Exelon Generation,” said Dr. Michael Tewes, Frank Daniel Yturria Endowed Chair for Wild Cat Studies. “With this donation, we will have the opportunity not only to purchase high-end GPS collars for the target population, but also to ensure that our project will have sufficient funding in the months ahead.”

Annova LNG and Exelon Generation continuously look for ways to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and to improve the environment around all our facilities. Though there is no resident ocelot population on the site of the proposed Annova LNG Brownsville Project, this commitment to study the movements of the endangered ocelot is critical for researching, managing and ultimately restoring the ocelot population is South Texas. Once ranging over most of Texas into Louisiana and Arkansas, ocelots are now restricted to two small populations in southernmost Texas. About 80 percent of this population exists on private lands in Willacy County. Annova LNG’s donation will support essential research for ocelots.

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About Annova LNG:

Exelon Generation and Annova LNG are exploring the development of a mid-scale natural gas liquefaction and transfer facility at the Port of Brownsville. If built, the facility would provide a much-needed boost to the economy in Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley. With an investment of as much as $3 billion in the facility and associated infrastructure, the Annova LNG Brownsville Project would diversify the regional economy and create thousands of direct and indirect jobs from construction through operation. The project is designed with a footprint that minimizes environmental impacts and meets or exceeds state and federal safety standards. To become a reality, Annova LNG must clear three hurdles: successfully complete all regulatory applications, reviews and permitting processes; secure long-term customers; and the project must enjoy broad public support.

About the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the leading wildlife research organization in Texas and one of the finest in the nation. Its mission is to provide science-based information for enhancing the conservation and management of wildlife in South Texas and related environment.

The Institute includes 17 outstanding research scientists, covering a wide range of specialties. The diverse faculty facilitates the often complex wildlife-related research studies and keeps the Institute on the cutting edge in advancing conservation and management of wildlife. Modern high-tech facilities, specially designed wildlife study pens, and rangeland tracts provide an ideal environment for conducting quality research by Institute faculty.

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The Port of Brownsville, a deep-water seaport located on the southernmost tip of Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border, opened for business 80 years ago in 1936. This port is the largest land-owning public port authority in the nation with approximately 40,000 acres. The Port of Brownsville has the opportunity to bring a new industry to the region that could provide jobs and an economic boost for decades to come. Exelon Generation, majority shareholder of Annova LNG, is exploring the potential of building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) transfer terminal at the Port of Brownsville.

Annova LNG currently has a lease option on a piece of property that sits on the south side of the 17-mile ship channel, approximately 8 miles inland. Although the ship channel was dredged in the middle of the last century, it was never fully developed. With the growing demand for natural gas in other parts of the world where it doesn’t exist, and with the abundance of it in South Texas, Annova LNG sees an opportunity to make the Port of Brownsville a global energy hub, which could provide a range of economic benefits to the local and regional economy.

If built, Annova LNG would invest nearly $3 billion in construction costs and support an average of 700 on-site jobs monthly over a four-year period. These are jobs that would be filled in the Rio Grande Valley.

Upon completion of the LNG plant, Annova LNG would employ approximately 165 permanent full-time workers to run and manage the plant. The average base salary would be $70,000 per year, with benefits raising total compensation to $110,000.

The economic impact would also help retain and expand other port businesses, as well as provide an indirect boost to other local businesses, such as engineering and design firms and construction subcontractors, suppliers and service providers. Given that 35 percent of residents in Cameron County live below the poverty level, the proposed Annova LNG project would be a much-needed economic boost.

Unlike other proposed LNG plants, Annova LNG would be a mid-scale processing and export facility that would serve a niche market of off-takers who need smaller LNG deliveries.

Exelon Generation and Annova LNG are committed to protecting the safety of Rio Grande Valley residents and the environment of the region. Natural gas is a much cleaner energy source than oil or coal and is used in stoves, hot water heaters and furnaces to heat homes. It is also now increasingly used as a fuel source to generate electricity and alternative-fueled vehicles. LNG is non-flammable, will not explode, and has no odor. In fact, LNG plants have operated for more than 50 years without an incident that affected public safety.

In order to be built, the Annova LNG project must meet standards for public safety and environmental protection established by numerous federal, state and local authorities, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Fish and Wildlife Department and Cameron County. In fact, Annova LNG and its majority owner, Exelon, recently made a $40,000 donation to help protect and monitor endangered ocelots in South Texas. The donation was made to the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville to help buy GPS tracking collars and other devices that will help monitor and research the ocelot population.

The Annova LNG project is a tremendous opportunity for Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley, and residents should embrace it. For all the reasons detailed above, we urge FERC and other decision makers to expeditiously approve the Annova LNG project at the Port of Brownsville.