Frequently Asked Questions
Fourchon LNG is part of Energy World USA (EWUSA), engaged in the business of developing, constructing and operating in property investment, infrastructure, power generation and electrical energy related projects. The Energy World family of companies has over 20 years’ experience in the safe production, storage, transportation and delivery of LNG. The construction arm of our group is about to complete a similar liquefaction plant in Sengkang, Indonesia.
EWUSA is looking to develop a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and export facility in Port Fourchon, with a proposed capacity of 5.0 million tons per annum (mtpa). The Project will be developed in 2 phases, each with multiple modules with capacity of 0.5 mtpa. At a capacity of 2.0 mtpa (Phase I) there will be four trains together with one concrete LNG storage tanks, with a storage of 88,000 cubic meters. Six trains and another storage tank will be added in phase II.
The LNG Facility will be built in Port Fourchon, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. The facility would be constructed on a site of up to 150 acres located on port-owned property to the west of Belle Pass, which is located outside of the existing port development.
The proposed facility is estimated to cost approximately $900 million for Phase I, making it the largest single initial investment in the history of both Port Fourchon and Lafourche Parish.
LNG terminals require federal, state and local permits before construction and operation. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is responsible for authorizing the siting and construction of LNG export facilities under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act. Department Of Energy permits are required for export shipments and under the Natural Gas Act.
The FERC process will last about 2 years. Provided permits are granted and all internal and external factors run smoothly, we plan to complete Phase I by the end of 2021 and Phase II by 2023.
We are going to use American sourced equipment and employ local companies. We will create about 250 high-skilled jobs during construction and dozens will be needed over the operating life of the facility. The LNG we produce will be used within the USA where possible and for export to America’s allies in Asia, improving our trade balance in the region.
When natural gas at ambient pressure is cooled to about -260 degrees Fahrenheit (-162 degrees Celsius) it becomes “liquefied” and reduces the volume to approximately 1/600 of its original size, making it easier to transport.
The natural gas would be expected to come from domestic sources. It is intended that natural gas will be sourced from the Henry Hub and transported via the US South West Region Natural Gas Pipeline Network to the project location.
Yes. LNG is not stored under pressure and it is neither explosive nor flammable. Leakages would result in a fire only if there is the right concentration of LNG vapor in the air (5% - 15%) and a source of ignition, but a vast number of countermeasures are adapted (double containment, detectors, extinguishers, safe equipment, design measures, etc.).