Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and Martin Houston, chairman of Live Oak LNG (Live Oak), have announced a new natural gas liquefaction and export project to be developed in the Calcasieu waterway.
The mid-sized project, an investment of up to US$2 billion, is being designed for a plant capacity of up to five million tonnes per annum production and will include two 130,000 cu m storage tanks, and port facilities with a jetty for standard size liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The proposed site is about 350 acres and is situated within Calcasieu Parish on the west bank of the Calcasieu River. The anticipated start-up of the plant is in late 2019.
Initial study work is already underway and Live Oak will begin the permitting process within the next few weeks.
Live Oak has awarded Bechtel a contract for the pre-engineering design and Chart Industries has been selected for the process design work. On average it is estimated that 550 people will be working directly on the project, with up to 1,000 jobs during the construction peak. Once operational, the plant will employ approximately 100 people, with further roles created in the community to support the plant.