Bechtel to Design and Build First US-Based Floating LNG Vessel

San Francisco-based engineering, construction, and project management company Bechtel has been selected by Delfin LNG to perform front-end engineering and design for the first U.S.-based floating liquefied natural gas vessel (FLNGV) to go into service at Port Delfin, a proposed deepwater port and floating LNG facility that will be located approximately 50 miles off the coastline of Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Upon the final investment decision, Bechtel is expected to design, build and commission the FLNGV.

Port Delfin consists of onshore gas compression facilities and a deepwater port that uses existing pipeline infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico to transport natural gas offshore to four moored floating liquefaction vessels.

FLNGV will be able to disconnect from the port facility and move to protected waters during a hurricane.

Delfin has submitted an application to MARAD and the USCG for authorization to construct, own and operate a deepwater port capable of exporting 443.3 Bscf/y of natural gas or 9.2 MMtpa of LNG.

Port Delfin project is jointly developed by Delfin LNG, Höegh LNG, and Enbridge.