Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company (GLLC) and Gulf LNG Energy (GLE) on Monday collectively filed an application with FERC for construction and operation of a new liquefaction and export facilities at GLE’s existing regasification terminal, located in Jackson County, MS.
Additionally, Gulf LNG Pipeline (GLP) notified FERC minor modifications will be made to the existing pipeline facilities that interconnect with the terminal under GLP’s blanket authorization from the FERC.
The applicants requested that FERC grant approvals no later than June 17, 2016.
The single LNG train in Phase 1 of the facility is expected to cost $5 billion and be in service in the fourth quarter of 2020. A second train, planned for Phase 2 and costing about $3 billion, should be on line in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The project will include installation of natural gas pre-treatment, liquefaction and export facilities at the terminal with a total peak capacity of up to 11.5 mtpa. The average expected send-out rate for the proposed facility will be 1.5 Bcf/d of LNG.
These facilities will allow the terminal to liquefy domestic natural gas delivered by pipeline, store the LNG in the terminal’s existing LNG storage tanks and load it into LNG vessels via the terminal’s existing marine jetty.
The terminal will retain its current capability to receive, store, regasify and deliver natural gas into the interstate pipeline system as originally constructed, thereby making the Gulf LNG Terminal bidirectional.
The project already received Free Trade Agreement (FTA) export authority and non-FTA authority is pending. On June 15, 2012, GLLC received approval from the DOE to export up to 11.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG. In August 2012, GLLC submitted a filing to the DOE seeking approval to export up to the same volume of LNG to non-FTA countries.
GLLC, GLE and GLP are each owned by Gulf LNG Holdings Group, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, which is owned 50% by Southern Gulf LNG Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. and operator of the Gulf LNG Terminal, and 30% by Thunderbird LNG, LLC.