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Excelerate Energy Plans Natural Gas Liquefaction and
LNG Export Terminal at Point Comfort

Sept. 14, 2012

Excelerate Energy L.P., based in The Woodlands, is seeking federal authority to build an LNG export terminal at the Port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort.  The project is called Lavaca Bay LNG.

Excelerate operates a fleet of LNG regasification vessels worldwide and the project on Lavaca Bay would be the company’s first deployment of floating LNG liquefaction, storage and offloading technology.

The Calhoun Port Authority has signed a lease option agreement with Excelerate covering approximately 85 acres of Port Authority uplands and submerged property fronting on the Matagorda Ship Channel south of the Point Comfort Turning Basin.

The company’s plans call for two floating units to be installed in two phases.  The floating units would be built in a shipyard elsewhere and towed to Calhoun County for installation.  They intend to start with one liquefaction unit and then add the second sometime in the future.

The project will require authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and be subject to a full public environmental review and analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Company officials have estimated that approval, construction and installation could be completed by 2017.

Martin Hruska, part of the Excelerate development team, said each of the units will have a capacity to produce 3 million tons per year of LNG from natural gas coming from South Texas fields.  Processing equipment will be located on the deck and the vessel will have internal storage compartments for 250,000 cubic meters of LNG.  Some support facilities such as cooling units will be located onshore. 

In August the U.S. Department of Energy granted Excelerate a long-term, multi-contract authorization to export LNG to free trade agreement (FTA) nations from the Lavaca Bay project.

Each floating unit will be approximately 1,100 feet long and 200 feet wide.  They will be permanently moored at docks in a proposed new dock area.  A circular turning basin is contemplated directly in front of the two new docks.  LNG transit ships will tie up next to the processing and storage unit and LNG will be transferred from the onboard storage to the transit ship which will deliver it to world markets.

Hruska said engineering work is underway and regulatory filings are being prepared.  An LNG import project at Point Comfort received FERC approval in 2007 but was never built.  Excelerate has elected to start fresh and not pick up on the previous license. 

Excelerate is looking at potential ship channel modifications that could be beneficial to operation of the planned LNG export terminal.