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Plaquemines plant set for 24 MTPA of output on Mississippi River site south of New Orleans

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The Plaquemines LNG export plant in Louisiana proposed for river mile-marker 55 on the west side of the Mississippi River, 30 miles south of New Orleans, has been authorized to proceed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Mississippi River plant is one of three being developed by Arlington, Virginia-based Venture Global.

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The FERC gave the go-ahead for the construction and operating of the plant at Plaquemines Parish, along with its associated Gator Express pipeline inter-connected with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline and the Texas Eastern Transmission pipeline.

Plaquemines LNG is designed with a total nameplate liquefaction and export capacity of around 20 million tonnes per annum and a total peak achievable capacity of 24 MTPA.

“The project will be constructed in two phases, each phase designed with a nameplate liquefaction and export capacity of 10 MTPA and a peak capacity of 12 MTPA under optimal operating conditions,” said the FERC order.

There will be 18 liquefaction blocks in the plant design with nine blocks constructed during each phase.

“Each phase of construction will take approximately 35 months to complete, with initial operations beginning approximately 24 months after the start of construction, as each liquefaction block will be placed into service after completion,” it added.

“Phase II construction would begin 12 months after the start of Phase I construction,” stated the regulator.

The Plaquemines project will also include four LNG storage tanks with a capacity of around 200,000 cubic metres and three marine loading berths each designed to accommodate LNG carriers of 120,000 to 185,000 cubic metres capacity.

Other facilities to be constructed are two 710-megawatt electric power generation plants with one built during each phase.

Venture Global’s most advanced plant in terms of development is at Calcasieu Pass in Louisiana with current nameplate export volumes of 12 MTPA.

Calcasieu Pass is expected to come on stream in 2022, along with associated facilities, including the TransCameron Pipeline.

Venture Global is owned by former investment banker Michael Sabel and lawyer Robert Pender, who act as joint chief executives.

The third project in the company’s portfolio is the Delta plant with a site also on the Mississippi River. The Delta project and its associated Delta Express pipeline would have output capacity of 24 MTPA.

The proposed Delta and Plaquemines plants are stand-alone projects with no shared facilities and are under different development schedules.

The Delta export terminal will be on land owned by the Port of Plaquemines and the Delta Express Pipeline would extend northwesterly for 281 miles, crossing private land in 14 parishes.

With Venture Global pursuing three projects in Louisiana, it said in July 2019 that it had already raised a total of $2.8 billion in financing and much more would be needed as it presses ahead with plans to produce 56 MTPA from its three plants.

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