Delfin LNG completes draft EIS for first US floating LNG facility

Delfin LNG LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairwood Peninsula Energy Corp. (FPE), Houston, has completed a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for its planned Delfin LNG Deepwater Port (Port Delfin) and floating LNG (FLNG) facility to be located offshore Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.

Published on July 15, the draft EIS completes a major step in the development of the LNG export project, FPE said.

To be located about 50 miles offshore Cameron Parish, La., Port Delfin will consist of onshore gas compression facilities and a deepwater port that uses existing pipeline infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico to transport natural gas offshore to four moored FLNG vessels equipped to export up to 12 million tonnes/year of LNG.

In the event of a hurricane, the FLNG vessels would be capable of disconnecting from the port facility to move to protected waters, according to the company.

If approved, the project will be the first US offshore FLNG facility.

Alongside its earlier submission of an application to the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) and US Coast Guard (USGC) for authorization to construct, own, and operate the deepwater port, Delphin LNG also let a contract to Bechtel Corp. to perform front-end engineering and design (FEED) for one of the project’s FLNG vessels, according to an Aug. 4, 2015, release from the service company.

In addition to FEED, Bechtel said it expects to design, build, and commission the FLNGV once Delfin LNG reaches final investment decision on the project.

Delfin LNG also has signed joint development agreements for the project with Hoegh LNG Ltd. and Enbridge Inc., according to Delfin LNG’s website.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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