Gulfstream LNG asks US FERC to start pre-filing process

Houston-based Gulfstream LNG is seeking approval from the US FERC to initiate the environmental pre-filing review for its mid-sized onshore LNG export project in Louisiana.

Representatives of the LNG project developer led by Vivek Chandra met with FERC staff on March 27 to introduce the project and discuss the pre-filing process, according to a filling dated April 16.

Gulfstream LNG claims that it is the first greenfield project in five years to be in the FERC permitting process.

Upon completion of the pre-filing process, Gulfstream LNG intends to file later this year an application with FERC seeking authorizations under section 3 of the natural gas act.

According to the filling, Gulfstream LNG expects to receive final FERC authorization in 2027 and launch the project in 2030.

Gulfstream LNG plans to build a three-train plant with a capacity of 4 million tonnes per year, which is equivalent to about 700 MMcf/d of natural gas, including 50 MMcf/d for on-site power generation.

The facility will be located on an approximately 418-acre leased site with about 11,788 feet of frontage on the Mississippi River owned by Magnolia Terminal, south of town of Belle Chasse, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

Gulstream LNG changed the project site and the new site is located a few miles downstream of the original application site.

In March this year, the firm filed an amendment to its Department of Energy FTA export permit for the new site.

The US DOE granted a long-term license in June last year to Gulfstream LNG to export liquefied natural gas to FTA nations.

Gulfstream LNG also needs to secure the non-FTA permit.

The Biden administration said in January this year it will “temporary pause” pending decisions for LNG export terminals.

The US paused pending decisions on exports of LNG to non-FTA countries until the DOE can update the underlying analyses for authorizations.

Gulfstream LNG last year also selected Baker Hughes, Honeywell UOP, and Kiewit as the company’s technical partners for the LNG project.

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