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Energy World brings LNG terminal to FERC for early review

An Energy World International Ltd. affiliate applied for early review of a proposed 5 million-tonne-per-annum LNG export project in Lafourche Parish, La., that would serve the company's gas-fired power plants in the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. marine demand and other markets.

"Fourchon LNG also plans to market LNG to Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, helping to reduce those countries' use of dirtier fuels, and Energy World may also develop gas-fired generation in the Caribbean," the developer said in an Aug. 3 request to enter the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's prefiling review.

The $800 million Fourchon LNG LLC project, announced in January, would include up to 10 liquefaction trains, pretreatment facilities, two LNG storage tanks and one marine loading berth, according to the developer.

The developer said it expects to submit a formal application to FERC in February 2018 and receive authorization in April 2019, in order for the first 2 mtpa to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2021. (FERC docket PF17-9)

The Fourchon LNG terminal is the latest in a long list of projects seeking to enter the U.S. LNG export market. Six projects are under construction, with Cheniere Energy Inc.'s Sabine Pass the only major LNG export terminal in operation so far in the Lower 48. Three others have all important regulatory permits in hand but have not received a final investment decision as buyers express reluctance to sign long-term contracts amid a global supply glut for LNG.