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SCT&E LNG acquires land for LNG facility

LNG Industry,

SCT&E LNG, a subsidiary of Southern California Telephone & Energy, has acquired approximately 232 acres of land for the development of an LNG facility in Cameron, Louisiana.

Greg Michaels, CEO of Southern California Telephone & Energy, announced the acquisition of land located on the Calcasieu Ship Channel for the development of a US$ 2.4 billion LNG facility by its subsidiary SCT&E LNG. The approximate +/-232 acre site is strategically located on Monkey Island in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and is expected to have significant positive financial impact on the Cameron Parish Community, as well as the state of Louisiana.

Gulf of Mexico location

Located less than three miles from the Gulf of Mexico, the Monkey Island site has 3500 ft of deep water frontage on the Calcasieu Ship Channel and 4000 ft of frontage on the Calcasieu Pass/Cameron Loop at the northern boundary of the property. The area is one of the most robust natural gas transportation networks in North America and is adjacent to the convergence of several major interstate and intrastate natural gas pipelines.

SCT&E LNG intends to build, own, and operate four LNG trains (Phase One), each capable of producing approximately 1 million tpa for a total of 4 million tpa or the liquefaction of approximately 0.54 billion ft3 per day of natural gas. The site will be able to accommodate large LNG vessels and may be used as a refuelling station for newly converted or future vessels using LNG as a fuel source.

LNG bunkering options

Natural gas will be treated at the Monkey Island site, liquefied, stored, and loaded onto LNG carriers for export to overseas customers in countries that have a free trade agreement (FTA) and/or non-FTA status with the US. The site will house multiple LNG storage tanks, which may be used for LNG bunkering and fuelling of transportation ships for distribution of LNG. SCT&E LNG will now submit applications to the Department of Energy (DOE) for permission to export LNG to FTA and non-FTA nations.

Michaels' decision to build an LNG facility was originally driven by an agreement with the Dominican Republic Government for the development of a 400 MW natural gas-fired power plant. The Dominican Republic power plant requires approximately 500 000 tpa of LNG allowing SCT&E LNG to sell the remaining 3.5 million tpa of LNG to other LNG off-takers.


Michaels commented: "With the shutdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant and other nuclear phase-outs throughout Europe, China's recent announcement for targeted air pollution reductions requiring the use of LNG, and the increasing international demand for clean burning natural gas, the United States is in a position to become the powerhouse to LNG markets worldwide."

He added that: "owning an LNG facility allows SCT&E to manage the availability of LNG for their own projects, allowing the company to win contracts for the development and ownership of gas-fired power plants worldwide."

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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