Gulf Gateway® Deepwater Port
As the world’s first offshore LNG receiving facility, Gulf Gateway Deepwater Port (Gulf Gateway) was brought into service in March 2005 off the coast of Louisiana in the United States Gulf of Mexico. Located 116 miles offshore, Gulf Gateway consisted of a submerged turret-loading buoy provided by Advanced Production and Loading, and a metering platform that allowed connection to multiple downstream pipelines.
Excelerate’s Energy Bridge® floating storage and regasification units vaporized LNG on board and delivered natural gas through the STL buoy to a subsea pipeline and into the natural gas grid and ready access to the Henry Hub market. Given its access to downstream gas processing plants, Gulf Gateway accommodated virtually any LNG composition up to 1,200 btu/scf gross heating value. Gulf Gateway was capable of delivering natural gas at a baseload rate of 500 MMcf/d with peak rates of up to 690 MMcf/d.
Due to the dramatic shift in the supply demand balance in the United States from the proliferation of shale gas, the need for imported LNG has been greatly reduced. As such, the facility will be decommissioned in 2012. Some of the equipment from Gulf Gateway will be recycled and used in other Excelerate projects. The relatively modest capital investment in port, coupled with the ability to redeploy the Energy Bridge FSRUs to other projects, make it a testament to the flexibility of our Energy Bridge concept.