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Cheniere project could pump millions of dollars to Port Arthur

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Port Arthur and Cheniere Energy are currently negotiating a deal that would allow the city to pump water to the Louisiana plant.

Cheniere has offered $50 million dollars to upgrade the city's water system. In addition, it's offering to buy millions of gallons of water each day.

"1,000 gallons a minute is what they're estimating right now," says Port Arthur city councilman Derrick Freeman.

The first step is building a pumping station that will be built on the south end of Pleasure Island. The next step will be construction.

"There will be some pipes that will have to get laid out to get water to them. We're going to have to cross into Sabine Pass but also the channel to get it over there into Louisiana," says Freeman.

From there, the water from the Lower Neches Valley Authority will be filtered into drinking water.

"Bring business into the city and also jobs to make our city a better place," says longtime Port Arthur resident, Henry Jones III.

He's backing the project and hoping it brings more jobs to a city that's suffering from a 15% unemployment rate.

Councilman Freeman is positive job positions will be available for the construction process.

This is expected to be complete in the next two years. The money from Cheniere will go into the city's general fund and will help improve infrastructure and city streets.

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