Grand Isle Port Commission-
in conjunction with
Research & Development Group,
has been moving forward on developing "fish friendly",
NON Open Loop, liquid natural gas terminals located
seven miles offshore, south of Grand Isle, LA. Initially, the concept of
a floating container terminal related only to our regional needs in Louisiana.
However, facing a huge demand for natural gas, both currently, and in the
future, the entire U.S. is a market in need. With the cooperation of the
Grand Isle Port Commission, Research & Development Group is currently
developing LNG terminals to meet this national crisis.
The terminal floats in the Gulf of Mexico
in about 57 feet of water where very large ships may berth without dredging.
The terminal is constructed of concrete with reinforced steel rods, floating
on air trapped in large cylinders, enabling the terminal to handle any wave
action for stability when berthing a ship. The terminal spans about 1,125
feet in length and width respectively. Construction of the terminal is performed
on shore, using a module method of design. Each module is 125 feet by 125
feet and is floated to the site offshore and assembled. Therefore, expansion
of the terminal to any size may be completed as needed.
As LNG ships come from far distances where the natural gas is liquefied
at a temperature of -256 degrees F into special designed ships, carrying
148,000 cubic meters of LNG, and some ships are being made to carry 250,000
cubic meters of LNG. Longer distances require larger ships due to transportation
cost. The Grand Isle Port Commission tugs help place the needed modules,
with safety a priority. LNG Grand
Port is poised to handle any size ship due to its module construction; we
simply adding modules to the terminal to receive the larger ships. The port
authority tugs gently push the LNG ship into its berth.
Once the ship docks, the operator of the terminal offloads the LNG by the
re-gasification process, adhering to strict safety standards. This terminal
has a 1-2 billion cubic foot per day capacity with the two-ship berth capability.
The availability of the two-ship berth capability allows for increased gas
capacity, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and an alternative to other
The gas is sent into a pipeline from
the terminal to the seabed floor; then into a salt dome cavern 1,000 to
3,000 feet below the seafloor. A huge amount of storage is holding the gas
for distribution into the regional and national markets via intrastate and
interstate pipelines system. As needed, the gas is transported to different
consumption markets in the U.S.
This is a 24/7 operation using high standards of safety and design, and
meets the critical needs of the United States of America.
For more information Contact Raoul Galan at Research and
Development Group 504 756 1674
or email email@example.com