Gulfstream LNG picks technical partners for its Louisiana export project

Houston-based Gulfstream LNG has selected Baker Hughes, Honeywell UOP, and Kiewit as the company’s technical partners for the development of its mid-sized onshore LNG export project in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

The LNG project developer led by Vivek Chandra said in a statement that Baker Hughes has been selected as the liquefaction equipment provider, Honeywell UOP will provide its gas treatment technology, and Kiewit Energy Group will provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) support.

Over the past few months, Gulfstream LNG has received its US Department of Energy export permit for FTA nations, executed a feed gas transportation agreement with a regional gas pipeline network company, finalized its site lease agreement, and also expanded its internal and external teams, the firm said.

Gulfstream LNG’s 500-acre site, which includes over 1.3 km of deepwater Mississippi River frontage, is located south of New Orleans in Louisiana, a state accounting for over 50 percent of US LNG exports.

In February, Gulfstream LNG announced that it filed an application to the US DOE seeking authorization to export up to four million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG to free trade agreement and non-FTA countries.

After that, the US DOE granted a long-term license to Gulfstream LNG to export liquefied natural gas to FTA nations.

“Major milestone”

Gulfstream LNG said that the selection of these three global partners reduces technical uncertainty and “highlights industry confidence” in the Gulfstream LNG project.

The evaluation and execution of preliminary agreements with these companies are a result of concept design and preliminary engineering work internally completed by the Gulfstream LNG development team.

These deals remain subject to comprehensive commercial and legal agreements to be executed prior to construction.

“The selection of Baker Hughes, Honeywell UOP, and Kiewit is a major milestone in the development journey of Gulfstream LNG,” Chandra said.

He said with the support of these partners, “we will be able to provide project-specific information and data required for the FERC process and FEED engineering.”

Gulfstream LNG will request the US FERC to begin the pre-filing process after completing the current initial equity funding process, it said.

Moreover, all commercial business models, including tolling by offtake customers and upstream gas producers, as well as FOB sales, will be evaluated, the firm said.

In contrast to other similar facilities on the Gulf Coast, Gulfstream LNG plans to serve domestic, regional, and international LNG markets via river barges, small ships, bunkering vessels, and large tanker exports, it said.

The firm expects first production in less than six years.

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