An environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for Delta LNG, marking a milestone for Venture Global LNG’s third proposed LNG export facility in Louisiana
The EIS will assess the environmental impact of the construction and operation of the Delta LNG export facility in Plaquemines Parish on the Mississippi River south of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Delta LNG Express Pipeline project, which involves two natural gas transmission pipelines that extend 455 km through 14 parishes. Parishes are political subdivisions in Louisiana that are comparable to counties in other US states.
To be constructed in two phases, the Delta LNG export terminal will produce, store, and deliver up to 24 mta of LNG. The LNG export terminal will have pretreatment facilities, a liquefaction plant with 18 integrated single-mixed refrigerant blocks and supporting facilities, four 200,000-m3 LNG storage tanks, three LNG carrier loading docks and two 720-MW air-cooled electric power generation facilities.
Phase 1 of the project, said Venture Global LNG, will build half of the facility’s capacity, 12 mta. The second phase will depend on market conditions.
Venture Global LNG, Arlington, Virginia, is developing two other LNG export facilities in Louisiana. The facilities are 10-mta Calcasieu Pass facility currently under construction at the intersection of the Calcasieu Ship Channel and the US Gulf of Mexico. Calcasieu Pass facility will employ technology from Baker Hughes, a GE company, that utilises 10 mid-scale, modular, factory-fabricated liquefaction trains. Kiewit is designing, engineering, constructing, commissioning, testing and guaranteeing the facility.
Calcasieu Pass has received all necessary permits, including FERC authorisation and non-Free Trade Agreement export authorisation from the US Department of Energy. Trains 1-5 are set for commissioning in 2023 and Trains 6-10 in 2024.
Venture Global LNG is also developing the Plaquemines LNG export facility, which will have a capacity of 20 mta of LNG on the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. US FERC issues a final EIS for the facility in May. An FID could be issued later this year, with commercial operation estimated to be 2023.