Delfin LNG submitted an application to construct, own and operate the Delfin LNG project (Port Delfin) in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) under the Deepwater Port Act (DWPA).
Map from Delfin.
The submission was sent to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the US Coast Guard (USCG) on 8 May. Delfin said it expects to be operational in 2019.
The proposed Port Delfin project, which would be the first offhsore floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project in the US, will be located approximately 50mi off the coast of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and be the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) export deepwater port project in the US.
Delfin said that the primary purpose of the project is to provide a safe and reliable facility to liquefy natural gas for export to free trade agreement (FTA) and non-FTA nations under authorizations from the US Department of Energy. The company is seeking authorization to construct, own and operate a deepwater port capable of exporting up to 443.3 Bcf per year of natural gas or approximately 9.2 MTPA of LNG.
As part of the project, Delfin is proposing to construct an onshore compressor station and use existing, underutilized pipeline infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico to transport natural gas to four moored FLNG vessels. The vessels moored at the port will have the capacity to liquefy up to 1.32 Bcf/d of natural gas, or approximately 8 MTPA of LNG, and each vessel will have storage capacity of up to 165,000 cu m.
In addition, the company signed a joint development agreement with Höegh LNG to act as a co-owner, owner’s engineer, and operator of the FLNG vessels.
“We believe that floating liquefaction technology is faster to market, more flexible, and more environmentally friendly than land based liquefaction terminals. As the first floating liquefaction project in North America, Port Delfin will be a significant development in the world's evolving natural gas markets and an historic milestone for the US oil and gas industry,” Frederick Jones, founder of Delfin said
Port Delfin will be designed to maximize the use of existing infrastructure, support numerous manufacturing and construction jobs, and generate permanent employment opportunities for US mariners, engineers, operators and technicians, the company said. An application was also submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the onshore components of the project.