The Driftwood LNG export terminal project proposed for near Lake Charles, Louisiana, has been given the environmental ‘green light,’ after the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its final environmental impact statement (EIS).
The final EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of constructing and operating the Driftwood LNG Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. In the final EIS, FERC staff concluded that the project “would result in adverse impacts on the environment; however, impacts on the environment would be reduced to less than significant levels with the implementation of Driftwood’s proposed impact avoidance, minimisation and mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended by staff in the final EIS.”
Texas-based, publicly traded Tellurian Inc must now make its FID for Driftwood LNG, a 27.6M tonne per annum LNG export facility and an associated 154-km pipeline on the US Gulf Coast.
Tellurian president and chief executive Meg Gentle thanked FERC for its review. “We look forward to receiving the agency’s order granting authorisation to site, construct and operate our Driftwood project. Tellurian will then stand ready to make a final investment decision and begin construction in the first half of 2019, with the first LNG expected in 2023.”
There are two major components of the Driftwood LNG Project. One is constructing and operating the LNG facility, which will include five LNG liquefaction plants, three 235,000-m3 capacity LNG storage tanks, LNG carrier loading/berthing facilities, and other associated facilities at a site near Carlyss, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. The other is constructing and operating about 154 km of pipeline, three new compressor stations and 15 new meter stations.
When it begins operations, Driftwood LNG expects to welcome approximately 365 marine vessels annually. The marine facility will accommodate 216,000-m3 capacity LNG carriers.