The US Department of Energy has approved the export licence application for Delfin LNG, a proposed floating LNG-export project off the coast of Louisiana.
Delfin LNG is the first offshore production project to secure export approval. The project is a joint venture between the India/Singapore-based Fairwood Group and the US-based Peninsula Group.
The decision puts the project on course for a 2020 start date. Delfin LNG is proposed as a 13 million tonne a year venture, comprising an offshore port with four moorings and four floating LNG vessels. A 50-mile pipeline will link the production site to a new gas-compression plant on shore.
In March, the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (Marad) granted the project a deepwater port licence.
US energy secretary Rick Perry said: “With this authorisation... the administration can continue to strengthen the US as a dominant energy force with further exports of our abundant amounts of natural gas.”
The decision coincided with president Donald Trump pulling the US out of the Paris accord on climate change.