Several US gas export projects delay planned start dates

Austin (Platts)--4 Apr 2017 515 pm EDT/2115 GMT

Several US gas export projects have pushed back the expected start of their commercial operations, according to company updates that began posting this week on the US Department of Energy's website.

LNG terminal developers must provide semiannual progress reports for their facilities in April and October, as required by the department. Not all projects have posted April reports yet.

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LNG projects must secure numerous regulatory approvals before they can begin exports, and progress is often held up by regulatory or commercial issues.

April updates published on the department's website showed later dates for six projects: SCT&E LNG's export terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana; SeaOne Gulfport's CGL terminal at Gulfport, Mississippi; Texas LNG Brownsville's terminal in Brownsville, Texas; Gulf LNG Liquefaction's terminal at Pascagoula, Mississippi; Freeport-McMoRan's Main Pass Energy Hub Deepwater facility off the Louisiana coast; and the Venture Global Calcasieu Pass export project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

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SCT&E LNG anticipates it will begin full operations at its 12 million mt/year Monkey Island facility in 2023-2024, after approvals are secured. In October, it said it expected full operations by 2022.

SeaOne Gulfport expects it will start operations at its compressed gas liquids export facility in the second quarter of 2020. In October, it reported a commercial date of 2019.

Texas LNG Brownsville has pushed the operations start date at its 4 million mt/year facility to 2022. In October, it listed a 2020-2021 date.

Gulf LNG Liquefaction said it plans to place phase one and two of its total 11.5 million mt/year facility in service before the end of 2022 and 2023, respectively. In October, it listed dates of 2021 and 2022 for the phases.

Freeport-McMoRan now expects its first floating liquefaction storage and offloading vessel to begin exporting LNG during 2022. In the October filing, it said it expected exports to begin in 2021.

And Venture Global Calcasieu Pass anticipates it will begin full operations in late 2020 at its 10 million mt/year facility. In October, it said it expects full operations in the first half of 2020.

--Laura Brooks,

--Edited by Annie Siebert,

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