Shell to develop 'Gulf Landing' LNG offshore terminal

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, Nov. 13 -- Gulf Landing LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell US Gas & Power LLC, is filing application under the Deepwater Port Act for a license to construct and operate an LNG storage and regasification terminal 38 miles off Louisiana in West Cameron Block 213.

Shell said the terminal would have the capacity to deliver 1 bcfd of natural gas into the US interstate pipeline network starting in 2008-09.

Gulf Landing will be a concrete, gravity-based structure that will be floated to the site and lowered to the seafloor in water about 55 ft deep. The terminal will include a berth for mooring LNG carriers, LNG storage and regasification facilities, and pipelines to connect with existing natural gas pipeline systems in the Gulf of Mexico. From there the natural gas will enter as many as five major interstate pipelines serving Louisiana and sections of the US Southeast, Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic area.

Shell NA LNG LLC currently owns rights to one third of the capacity at the Dominion Cove Point LNG terminal in Maryland, which has the capability to deliver 750 MMcfd of gas, and it holds the total capacity of the expansion underway at Southern LNG Co.'s LNG terminal in Elba Island, Ga. That expansion—to 360 MMcfd—is scheduled for completion in early 2006 with the capability.

"Gulf Landing is our first application for a Shell-operated LNG terminal in the US," said Gus Noojin, president of Shell US Gas & Power LLC. "Locating an LNG terminal in the established Gulf of Mexico natural gas producing area optimizes the existing transportation network and offsets future production declines from natural gas fields," he added.

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