FERC Makes Decisions on Pair of US Gulf Coast LNG Projects

Journal of Petroleum Technology 

A pair of US liquefied natural gas (LNG) developers of two Louisiana projects recently received good news with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announcing decisions on their Gulf of Mexico LNG projects on 17 November. In a 5-0 vote, FERC officials approved the proposed $4-billion Commonwealth LNG project, moving the project one step closer to a possible final investment decision (FID) in the third quarter of 2023. The 8.4-mtpa LNG liquefaction and export facility will be on the west bank of the Calcasieu Ship Channel at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico near Cameron, Louisiana. The Commonwealth LNG project is composed of six 1.4-mtpa liquefaction trains, each with a 60-MW gas turbine with mechanical drive, six 50,000-m3 full-containment LNG storage tanks, and a single berthing dock with the capacity to service vessels from 10,000 m3 to 216,000 m3. Preliminary construction on the project, the first approved by FERC in more than 2 years, is expected to begin in early 2023, with developers planning a FID to be made in the third quarter of 2023.

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