MarAd Approves Deepwater LNG Port Off Louisiana

Wednesday, January 21, 2004
It soon will be easier to import natural gas from fuel tankers, without disruption to shoreline communities and the environment, thanks in part to a new deepwater liquid natural gas (LNG) port approved today by the U.S. Maritime Administration.

The LNG port, to be built by El Paso Energy Bridge Gulf of Mexico LLC about 116 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, is a terminal to process and transfer natural gas received from LNG transport ships to a pipeline system, which will carry the natural gas ashore for distribution to U.S. markets.

“This new facility will improve efficiency by eliminating the need for a carrier to come all the way into a shore side port and save money in the process,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. Worldwide, natural gas is in plentiful supply. However, the United States holds less than 4 percent of the world reserves. The Deepwater Port Act of 1974, as amended in 2002, recognized the need for new LNG import facilities and provided American industry with the option of constructing new LNG port facilities in the waters beyond the territorial limits of the United States. The construction and operation of deepwater ports will enhance the options available for the importation of natural gas into the United States, thus allowing greater benefits from the economic and environmental advantages of LNG imports.

This is the second approval issued under the Deepwater Ports Act; the first approval was issued in November 2003. Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert noted that his agency has three additional applications under review, and expects to receive more. “Natural gas consumption is rising rapidly, and an increased supply is important for our energy independence, he said.”

Energy Bridge Gulf of Mexico LLC (Energy Bridge GOM) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of El Paso Field Services Holding Company, which is 100 percent owned by El Paso Tennessee Pipeline Company, which is, in turn, a major subsidiary of El Paso Corporation, based in Houston, Texas. (HK Law)

Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

LNG

Vessels for the Future – New R&D Initiative

Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, both maritime and inland waterways will be under ever increasing pressure, as we use them for transport, recreation and commercially.

Interview: Nakilat's Samir Bailouni

SGMF Membership - Uncovered: An interview with Samir Bailouni, Nakilat The Society for Gas and Marine Fuel (SGMF) recently interviewed one of its members, Samir

Eniram to Provide Boil-off Management for LNG Sector

Eniram Limited, the Finnish provider of energy management technology and data analytic services to the shipping industry, announced that it is releasing an onboard

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3362 sec (3 req/sec)