Delfin LNG, the first and only permitted floating LNG export project in the United States, requested a three-year and six month-extension to its project construction permit.
The project has been permitted in 2017, however, Delfin LNG said in its filing that “due to the detailed nature of the engineering design of the offshore facilities, which includes floating liquefaction technology, and the complexity of developing the necessary commercial arrangements, progress on the project, including the onshore facilities, has been slower than originally anticipated.”
Because of the nature of the project and because of the onshore facilities authorized in the previous order are intended to exclusively serve the offshore facilities, the company filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for an extension as it needs more time to complete the construction of the onshore facilities in conjunction with the development of the offshore facilities, and place the onshore facilities into service no later than March 28, 2023.
The onshore facilities include metering, compression, and piping facilities located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. These will be built to exclusively transport and deliver natural gas to Delfin LNG’s deepwater port in federal waters offshore Louisiana, and the onshore facilities will be used to meet the requirements of the customers of the offshore facilities.
The offshore facilities include a deepwater port located 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana and will be the site of 4 mooring systems to house four floating LNG vessels with a total export capacity of 13 million metric tonnes per year.