Fourchon LNG begins filing for Louisiana project
Friday, Aug 11, 2017
Fourchon LNG has submitted a pre-filing application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The 5 million tpy project has a target of reaching first gas in the fourth quarter of 2021. Prospects for additional LNG plants in the US remain challenging but the small scale of the development may allow it to make progress.

The plant will be built on Port Fourchon, in Louisiana’s Lafourche Parish, covering around 40 acres (162,000 square metres). The 5 million tpy of capacity will come from 10 trains, capable of producing 500,000 tpy each.

The first phase will involve four trains, and 2 million tpy, with the second phase providing the remainder. Gas for the first phase will arrive via a short 16-inch (406-mm) diameter pipeline, running for around 600 yards (550 metres) from an existing pipeline, operated by Kinetica. This will be upgraded for subsequent phases.

Fourchon LNG is owned by Energy World USA, which has leased the property from the Greater Lafourche Port Commission for 10 years, with an option to renew and extend for another 25 years.

The letter to FERC said the first train – with 500,000 tpy – would provide supplies for domestic needs, such as LNG-fuelled marine vessels.

The Fourchon LNG plant includes two concrete tanks, each capable of storing 88,000 cubic metres of LNG. It will be able to load gas onto carriers via a single berth. Energy World expects to target sales in the Asia-Pacific and also to Jamaica and the Caribbean. The company was reported as potentially playing a part in gas-fired generation in the Caribbean.

Slipform Engineering will oversee engineering and design for the plant, based on Energy World’s 2 million tpy Sengkang project, which is under construction in Indonesia.

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