Commonwealth LNG gets OK from FERC for Louisiana terminal

Commonwealth LNG, the developer of the proposed 8.4 mtpa plant in Cameron, Louisiana, has secured approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build the facility.

FERC revealed this in a filling issued on November 17.

The proposed Commonwealth LNG project consists of six liquefaction trains each with a capacity of 1.4 mtpa or 65.1 Bcf per year.

It also includes six 50,000-cbm LNG storage tanks, one jetty with the capacity to service vessels from 10,000 cbm to 216,000 cbm, and a pipeline.

Under optimal operating conditions, the project would have a peak liquefaction capacity of up to 441.4 Bcf per year or about 9.5 mtpa.

Commonwealth LNG filed the application with FERC on August 20, 2019, and amended it on July 8, 2021, to modify the LNG storage tank design.

FERC authorized the application with 128 environmental conditions attached.

Besides FERC, the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) authorized Commonwealth in April 2020 to export 9.5 mtpa of LNG to nations with which the US has a free trade agreement for a 25-year term.

Commonwealth’s application to export up to 9.5 mtpa of LNG to non-FTA nations is pending with DOE/FE.

In September, Commonwealth LNG finalized a supply deal with Australian LNG firm Woodside.

The deals are for the supply of up to 2.5 mtpa of LNG over 20 years to Woodside Energy Trading Singapore from Commonwealth’s LNG export facility.

Woodside and Commonwealth LNG said that LNG deliveries could start by mid-2026.

According to Commonwealth LNG’s website, the firm is targeting a final investment decision in the third quarter of 2023.

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