Golar, Delfin to jointly develop first US FLNG project

Golar, Delfin to jointly develop first US FLNG project
FLNG Hilli Episeyo, Golar’s FLNG unit to be deployed in Cameroon (Image courtesy of Perenco)

Bermuda-based Golar LNG signed a deal with Delfin Midstream to jointly develop the Delfin LNG project off the coast of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, deploying Golar’s FLNG technology. 

The joint development agreement will facilitate the financing, marketing, construction, development and operation of Delfin LNG, Golar LNG said in its statement.

Delfin LNG, the first and only permitted floating LNG export project in the United States, is a brownfield deepwater port consisting of up to four FLNG vessels producing up to 13 million tons of LNG per year.

Delfin purchased the Utos pipeline in 2014 and submitted its deepwater port license application in 2015. Earlier this month the project received approval from the Department of Energy for long-term exports of LNG to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the United States.

Golar LNG is currently developing the Mark II solution, based on its previous designs, the FLNG Hilli Episeyo and FLNG Gandria which will be deployed in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

The Mark II floating liquefaction solution to be deployed at the Delfin LNG project will have a liquefaction capacity over 3 mtpa.

It is expected that FID on the Delfin project will take place in 2018 with first LNG to be delivered in 2021/22, as Golar’s chief executive, Oscar Spieler noted the construction time is less than three years.

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