Bechtel has been selected to carry out front-end engineering and design of Delfin LNG’s US-based floating liquefied natural gas vessel (FLNGV) project off the coast of Lousiana.

The first US-based gas vessel will go into service at Port Delfin, a proposed deepwater port and floating LNG facility.

Located 50 miles off the coastline of Cameron Parish, the port will receive natural gas from the Delfin Offshore Pipeline.

"The port’s offshore location is expected to reduce coastal LNG carrier traffic and reduce near-shore environmental impacts."

According to Bechtel, at the time of hurricane, FLNGV has the capability to move to protected waters by disconnecting from the port facility.

The port’s offshore location is expected to reduce coastal LNG carrier traffic and reduce near-shore environmental impacts.

Bechtel is expected to design, build and commission the vessel once the decision is made on final investment.

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Delfin LNG founder Frederick Jones said: "We look forward to working with Bechtel to construct and commission what will be the first floating liquefaction vessel to operate off the North American Coast."

Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals business unit in Houston president Jack Futcher said: "We bring extensive engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning expertise in the LNG and offshore industries to the exciting new market of floating LNG facilities.

"Our team is looking forward to working with Delfin LNG to deliver another first in the US, a world-class FLNGV."