On July 13th, 2009, MARAD (US Department of Transportation - Maritime Administration) and US Coast Guard published the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Port Dolphin floating LNG import terminal off the western coast of Florida in the United States. This marks an important milestone in the regulatory process to obtain the federal and state permits required for the construction and operation of Port Dolphin.
The FEIS was prepared to address the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with the project, as part of a process of agency and public participation in the decision making
process. It analyses alternatives and lists mitigation and best management practices to prevent or minimise adverse impacts on the environment. Because Port Dolphin has an onshore pipeline segment,
FERC's recommendations are also included in the EIS.
Port Dolphin Energy LLC, a wholly owned US subsidiary of the Norway based company Höegh LNG AS, is seeking permission to build and operate a Deep Water Port for the import of natural gas to Florida's
The project will consist of:
* One or more LNG Shuttle and Regasification Vessels (SRVs), which
are purpose built LNG vessels designed to regasify the LNG
onboard and deliver natural gas to a subsea pipeline; and
* two submerged turret unloading and mooring buoys (STL type) to
receive an average of up to 800 million cubic feet per day of
natural gas; and
* a 42 mile offshore pipeline to bring the natural gas from the
offshore terminal to Port Manatee in Tampa Bay; and
* a 4 mile onshore pipeline ending at an interconnection station
with inter- and intrastate pipelines.
Port Dolphin could start commercial operations by 2012 with a peak send-out capacity of 1.2 Bcf/d.
Says Sveinung Støhle, President and CEO of Höegh LNG: "We are very pleased to see that the project is nearing completion of the permitting process. Florida is an important and growing market for
natural gas, and Port Dolphin will offer our customers new LNG import capacity and thus the possibility for them to diversify their sources and increase the security of supply to their consumers. Port Dolphin
will have a significant positive economic impact in the Tampa Bay region during a challenging time for the economy in this area, and we look forward to develop and continue the good relationship with the
local communities here.Port Dolphin is an integral part of our strategy to provide the market with the complete offshore LNG chain; LNG production, transportation, regasification and market access. We look forward to continue to work with our customers to enhance the value of their product by the use of our innovative and flexible LNG services."