The United States Coast Guard found the Brownsville Ship Channel to be suitable for marine traffic resulting from Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction terminal at the Port of Brownsville.
In a letter of recommendation issued Feb. 26, the Coast Guard concluded that the waterway is suitable to handle current and anticipated incremental traffic from the Texas LNG proposed facility.
The Houston-based company plans to construct an LNG export facility on a 625-acre site at the Port of Brownsville. The facility will enable the export of four million tonnes per annum of LNG to established and developing markets.
The Coast Guard considered not only Texas LNG’s expected LNG carrier traffic, but also recognized other traffic transiting through the Brownsville Ship Channel. This includes offshore rigs, aircraft carriers, fishing vessels and recreational vessels, as well as towing vessels and non-piloted barges. Potential traffic from other proposed LNG projects is also of consideration.
Full FERC approval and Final Investment Decision for the development of the Texas LNG liquefaction project proposed in Brownsville are expected in 2019. In addition, the first phase production of two million tonnes per annum of LNG should begin in 2023.