Authorities at Port Fourchon in Texas have announced plans to develop a 150-acre LNG facility, with capacity to refuel next generation vessels operating in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) and its tenant Energy World USA (EWUSA) plan to construct a mid-scale production and export facility at Port Fourchon which will have capacity to handle 4.5 million-tonnes of LNG per annum.
“We welcome this critical milestone for the Fourchon LNG project by our tenant Energy World, and we are excited to have the opportunity to add their proposed facility and its services to Fourchon’s diverse and extensive list of offerings,” Chett Chiasson, executive director at GLPC, said.
The ambitious proposal will include LNG bunkering infrastructure designed to “fuel the next generation of offshore supply vessels (OSVs)” according to a statement from the GLPC.
“We look forward to incorporating the LNG produced at Port Fourchon into our global supply chain to fuel our own gas-fired power plants right across the Asia-Pacific region as well as providing a clean, green source of fuel for the next generation of US marine vessels,” Graham Elliott, Project Director for Energy World, said.
Facility to store 0.5 mtpa of LNG for bunkering
The giant Port Fourchon LNG Facility is expected to cost in the region of US$888 million to construct and will produce 2 million tons of LNG per year for export in its first phase with a further reserve of up to half a million tonnes of LNG stored for domestic LNG bunkering activities.
“[Energy World Group] is completing two world class LNG facilities in Indonesia, which will be the reference plant for Fourchon LNG, and the very first import terminal in the Philippines. We appreciate the opportunity to bring this type of new development to Port Fourchon,” Elliott commented.
The project will be completed by newly-formed Fourchon LNG, a project company owned by EWUSA. It will be built to the west of Belle Pass on a port-owned property outside of the port’s existing developments.
“We are looking forward to working with Energy World and our community to move forward through the regulatory process and keep Port Fourchon at the forefront of the oil and gas service industry,” Chiasson added.
GLPC and Energy World are currently completing a Waterway Suitability Assessment with the US Coast Guard to ensure that current and future port activities are not adversely affected by the operation of the potential facility and to pave the way for project approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).