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Gulfstream LNG export terminal (U.S.) receives U.S. FERC approval

Gulfstream LNG, an onshore greenfield LNG export project under development in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, south of New Orleans, is pleased to announce that it has received the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval to commence the pre-filing permitting process, kicking off the regulatory review for its proposed 4-MMtpy modular export facility. The FERC, which has assigned Gulfstream LNG docket number PF24-5, regulates the siting, construction, operation, and maintenance of LNG terminals and related infrastructure.

This key achievement follows Gulfstream LNG’s closing of its initial ‘seed funding’ round and its move to a nearby downstream site on the same side of the Mississippi River as its previously announced location. The upgraded 418-acre site, with over three kilometers (over two miles) of deepwater (15+ meters, 50+ feet) Mississippi River frontage, is secured under a long-term 50+ year lease agreement with a private landowner. The site is traversed by a 26-in. natural gas pipeline that will supply, as per an executed agreement with the pipeline operator, the full volume of feed gas required for the operation of the Gulfstream LNG facility at its nameplate capacity.

As per analysis of LNG facility maps on the FERC website, Gulfstream LNG stands out as the first greenfield (non-expansion) LNG project in the U.S. onshore permitting process since 2019. This achievement is remarkable, considering the global LNG market’s exponential growth and geopolitical significance. Further, it confirms Gulfstream LNG’s view that it has ‘secured one of the last remaining permittable LNG export project sites on the US Gulf Coast.’

Over the past year, Gulfstream LNG has further reduced project risk by selecting its key technical partners, including Baker Hughes as the liquefaction equipment provider, Honeywell UOP to provide its gas treatment technology, GTT to provide LNG tank technology and containment system, and Kiewit Energy Group Inc. to provide engineering, procurement, and construction support. Each of these global companies have extensive LNG experience with proven and robust proprietary technologies and processes. With the support of these providers plus Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a global law firm, and Waldemar S. Nelson and Company, Inc., a New Orleans-based engineering and permitting consulting firm with 80 years of Mississippi River project development experience, Gulfstream LNG will be able to provide project-specific information and process unit parameters required for the FERC process and FEED engineering on a timely and cost-efficient basis.

Gulfstream LNG facilities will include two ‘trains’ for gas processing, three electric-drive liquefaction ‘trains’ each with an average base LNG production capacity of approximately 1.4 MTPA, one 200,000 m3 LNG storage tank and tank protection system, two marine loading berths (one capable of receiving smaller barges and vessels, and one for servicing larger ocean-going LNG carriers), and an on-site gas-fired power generation plant. Gulfstream LNG is also evaluating various CO2 capture, use and storage options to reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions.

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