Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards today welcomed the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) approval of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the Delfin LNG, LLC’s (Delfin) offshore Louisiana floating LNG terminal located offshore of Cameron Parish.
“As one of America’s leading energy states, Louisiana remains at the leading edge of the LNG industry,” said Gov. Edwards. “The abundance of affordable natural gas and our outstanding infrastructure resources, from pipelines to ports, have put us at the forefront of the expanding LNG export market. For good reason, Louisiana has become the prime location for the construction of multi-billion-dollar liquefaction and export facilities, and that large-scale industrial investment is poised to bring abundant quality jobs to our coastal areas from the lower Mississippi River to Cameron and Calcasieu parishes in the Southwest Region. The Delfin LNG project, as our first offshore LNG export facility, will be a welcome addition to our roster of energy facilities extending Louisiana’s reach as an energy leader throughout the world.”
Delfin LNG is proposing the first offshore floating natural gas liquefaction project in the U.S. The $7 billion export facility would be located in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 40 miles offshore from Cameron Parish. The complex will receive LNG from onshore sources via pipeline, and four floating LNG vessels moored at the site will have the capacity to liquefy and store the natural gas until it is loaded onto vessels for overseas transport.
Today’s ruling by the U.S. Department of Energy authorizes natural gas exports by the Delfin LNG facility to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. FERC approval is still needed, and that is expected once current vacancies on the commission are filled. The company previously gained approval to operate its floating terminal from the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. The company expects to begin commercial operations in 2020.