Southern California Telephone & Energy (SCT&E) has acquired a land located on the Calcasieu Ship Channel for the development of a $2.4 billion LNG facility by its subsidiary SCT&E LNG, LLC. The approximate +/-232 acre site is strategically located on Monkey Island in Cameron Parish, less than three miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to have significant positive financial impact on the Cameron Parish Community, as well as the State of Louisiana.
SCT&E LNG intends to build, own, and operate four LNG trains (“Phase One”), each capable of producing nearly 1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) for a total of 4 mtpa or the liquefaction of approximately .54 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd) of natural gas. Because of the deep water access at Monkey Island, close proximity to the Gulf Coast, and large river frontage, the site will accommodate large LNG vessels and may be used as a refueling station for newly converted or future vessels using LNG as a fuel source.
“With the shutdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant and other nuclear phase-outs throughout Europe, China’s recent announcement for targeted air pollution reductions requiring the use of LNG, and the increasing international demand for clean burning natural gas, the United States is in a position to become the powerhouse to LNG markets worldwide,” said Greg Michaels, Chairman and CEO of SCT&E.
Natural gas will be treated at the Monkey Island site, liquefied, stored, and loaded onto LNG carriers for export to overseas customers in countries that have a free trade agreement (FTA) and/or non-FTA status with the United States. The site will house multiple LNG storage tanks which may be used for LNG bunkering and fueling of transportation ships for distribution of LNG. Now that the land acquisition is complete, SCT&E LNG will submit applications to the Department of Energy for permission to export LNG to FTA and non-FTA nations.