Delfin receives FERC extension for deepwater LNG’s onshore component

Oct. 9, 2023
Delfin Midstream has received an extension from FERC for completion of the onshore component of its 14-million tpy deepwater port FLNG project. Delfin will now have until September 2027 to put the onshore equipment in service.

Delfin Midstream Inc. has received an extension from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for completion of the onshore component of its 14-million tonne/year (tpy) deepwater port floating LNG (FLNG) project. Delfin will now have until Sept. 28, 2027, to put the onshore infrastructure in service.  

The onshore project, sited in Cameron Parish, La., includes a new 120,000-hp compressor station, a new meter and regulation station at Transco Compressor Station 44, new supply header pipelines consisting of 0.25 miles of new 42-in. OD pipe to connect 1.1 miles of existing line to the new meter station and 0.6 miles of new twin 30-in. pipe between the meter station and the new compressor station.

The deepwater port will use as many as four 3.5-million tpy FLNG plants with natural gas supplied by existing pipelines. A second deepwater port, Avocet, would add two more 3.5-million tpy plants.

Delfin has received multiple extensions since FERC first authorized the onshore portion of the project in 2017, the most recent of which was granted in 2022 and extended completion by 1 year to September 2023. The company filed its just-granted request in July.

During the term of the last extension, Delfin entered binding sales agreements with Hartree Partners Power & Gas Co. UK Ltd. for 600,000 tpy (OGJ Online, Apr. 24, 2023) and Centrica PLC for 1 million tpy (OGJ Online, July 11, 2023), bringing total committed volumes to 2.1 million tpy. The company says it is in negotiations with Devon Energy Corp. for an additional 1 million tpy of offtake and that it’s “nearing a final investment decision” for the first FLNG plant.

Delfin also earlier this year let a design and engineering contract to Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd. to develop the FLNG vessels (OGJ Online, Aug. 23, 2023).