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Delfin files DOE application to export LNG

LNG Industry,

Delfin LNG LLC, a subsidiary of Fairwood Peninsula LLC, has filed an application with the Department of Energy’s (DEO) Office of Fossil Energy (OFE) for long term, multi-contract authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Delfin has requested the authorization to export up to 1.8 billion ft3/d (the equivalent of 13 million tpa) from its planned floating liquefaction facility, to be located in the West Cameron Block in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The request entails the company’s ability to export LNG over a 20-year period.

Authorisation would allow the company to export LNG to countries that have a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US, although Delfin is also seeking approval to export to countries without a FTA.

The facility

Before commencing operations, Delfin’s proposed floating liquefaction port must first receive a license from the Department of Transportation’s Marine Administration (MARAD). Liquefaction will utilize floating liquefaction and storage vessels (FLNGV), which will be moored near an existing platform 30 miles offshore Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The FLNGVs will export LNG to off-taking LNG carriers via the ship-to-ship side transfer process.

Utilising UTOS pipelines

The platform represents the end and metering point of the Enbridge Offshore Pipelines (UTOS), a redundant natural gas pipeline connected to the shore via a 30-mile pipeline. Delfin has applied to acquire this system, with a view to delivering feed gas to its project.

The project

The project will be constructed in four trains. The company has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with one of the world’s leading midstream LNG companies to provide at least the first two FLNGVs. The company said that ‘the focus of the MoU is to develop fast track, modular, midscale liquefaction solutions of approximately 2.5 million tpa per train based on existing technology and using front-end engineering and designs’.

The third and fourth trains will be provided by new-build FLNGVs, which, the company hopes, will be constructed by a world leader in shipbuilding. The company is in talks with this shipbuilder. Delfin anticipate that these LNG carriers will each have a liquefaction capacity of 4 million tpa.


Delfin expects its first train to begin operation in 2017, with the second, third and fourth beginning in 2018, 2019, and 2020 respectively.

Edited from various sources by Ted Monroe

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