Venture Global gets OK for Plaquemines LNG workforce boost

Venture Global LNG has received approval from the US FERC to increase the peak workforce at the site of its Plaquemines LNG export plant in Louisiana.

The FERC authorized Venture Global to expand the construction workforce and extend construction activities at the Plaquemines LNG site during a meeting held on October 19.

In a filling with the FERC in December last year, Venture Global’s Plaquemines LNG requested authorization to increase the peak workforce to up to 6,000 per day.

Plaquemines LNG also asked FERC to increase traffic volumes to accommodate the additional workforce, and implement a 24-hours-per-day, 7-days per-week construction schedule for the project.

In addition, Plaquemines LNG sought approval for an additional parking/laydown area referred to as the State Highway 23 (SH23) Yard.

Plaquemines LNG asked the regulator for expedited review of its request in a filling in June this year.

The firm said at the time it hopes to start exports of LNG as soon as late 2024 and to complete the construction of both phases of the project by the end of 2026.

In May last year, Venture Global took a final investment decision on the first phase of the project and the related pipeline.

Plaquemines LNG phase one customers include PKN Orlen, Sinopec, CNOOC, Shell, and EDF. The first phase has a capacity of 13.33 mtpa.

Earlier this year, the firm sanctioned the second phase of the Plaquemines LNG export plant in Louisiana.

As per Plaquemines LNG phase two customers, they include ExxonMobil, Chevron, EnBW, New Fortress Energy, China Gas, Petronas, and Excelerate Energy.

The full project, including the second stage, will have a capacity of 20 mtpa coming from 36 modular units, configured in 18 blocks.

Together, phase one and phase two represent about $21 billion of investment.

A joint venture of KBR and Zachry is in charge of building the entire project.

The JV and Venture Global recently completed raising the roof on the third storage tank at the Plaquemines LNG site.

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