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Bechtel announced it has been selected by Delfin LNG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fairwood Peninsula Energy Corp., to perform front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the first US-based floating liquefied natural gas vessel (FLNGV) to go into service at Port Delfin. Port Delfin is a proposed deepwater port and floating LNG facility that will be located approximately 50mi off the coastline of Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Delfin LNG’s project will be the first offshore floating natural gas liquefaction facility in the US. Upon the final investment decision, Bechtel is expected to design, build and commission the FLNGV.
Port Delfin will receive natural gas from the Delfin Offshore Pipeline. FLNGV will be able to disconnect from the port facility and move to protected waters during a hurricane. The offshore location of the port will significantly reduce coastal LNG carrier traffic and minimize near-shore environmental impacts.
Delfin LNG is the main developer of Port Delfin. As planned, Port Delfin consists 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 floating liquefaction vessels. Delfin has submitted an application to MARAD and the USCG for authorization to construct, own and operate a deepwater port capable of exporting 443.3 billion scf per year of natural gas or 9.2 MTPA of LNG. Delfin has signed joint development agreements with Höegh LNG and Enbridge, Inc. in relation to the project.
Bechtel is currently responsible for about a third of the world’s LNG liquefaction capacity under construction, including four projects in Australia and the first LNG export facility in the US, Cheniere’s Sabine Pass Liquefaction project.