US offshore LNG terminals face technical, political maze

Experience to date with US offshore LNG projects teaches critical lessons and offers many clues for where the offshore LNG market is heading. And nowhere is that experience more vivid than in the files of the LNG Deepwater Ports Program at the Maritime Administration of the US Department of Transportation.As the federal agency responsible for permitting offshore facilities, MARAD’s looking glass offers one of the best predictors for how current and future proposals will shake out. The rest will be up to the marketplace (Fig. 1). Click here to enlarge imageOver the past 4 years, commercial, environmental, and political factors have fundamentally shaped how projects are designed, as ...

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