January 2021, Vol. 248, No. 1


Tellurian Withdraws Application for Permian Global Access Pipeline


Liquefied natural gas (LNG) developer Tellurian told federal energy regulators it wants to withdraw its application to build the Permian Global Access natural gas pipeline in Texas and Louisiana.  

The filing with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) came a day after Tellurian said its President and Chief Executive Meg Gentle will leave the company.  

The 625-mile (1,005-km) Permian pipeline was designed to transport up to 2.3 Bcf/d (65 MMcm/d) of gas from the Permian Shale in West Texas and eastern New Mexico to southwest Louisiana near where Tellurian wants to build the Driftwood LNG export plant.  

In what has been a tough year for the LNG industry after coronavirus demand destruction caused global energy prices to collapse, Tellurian said in the filing that “current market conditions do not support the economic thresholds to pursue the [Permian pipe] further at this time.”  

Houston-based Tellurian told Reuters it “continues to believe that in time the proposed project will provide significant benefits” and it will host a new open season “in the event market conditions rebound and the market needs an additional transportation solution.”  

In addition to the Permian pipe, Tellurian has also planned to build the 4-Bcf/d (113-MMcm/d) Driftwood, 2-Bcf/d (57-MMcm/d) Haynesville Global Access and 2-Bcf/d Delhi Connector gas pipelines in Louisiana.  

In the past, Tellurian estimated the Driftwood project would cost about $27.5 billion and include the pipelines, the 3.6-Bcf/d (102-MMcm/d) LNG export plant, and gas production and other assets.  

However, in August, the company reduced the cost of the first phase of the project by deferring most of the pipelines and including liquefaction trains capable of producing around 2 Bcf/d of LNG.  

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