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License Issued

Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (Marathon Pipe Line LLC, Shell Oil Company, and Valero Terminaling and Distribution Company)

Port Type: Oil Import/Export Facility. Average throughput capacity: 1.20 million barrels per day.

On January 17, 1977, the Secretary of Transportation issued a deepwater port license to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP). Currently, LOOP is the only deepwater port petroleum terminal in the United States. LOOP is located 16 miles southeast of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico. LOOP was built by a group of major oil and pipeline companies, and has been operational since May 5, 1981. It serves as a distribution port for supertankers importing and exporting oil to and from the Gulf region. For additional information regarding this port, see Federal Docket Number USCG-2000-6981.

Neptune LNG (Engie S.A.)

Port Type: LNG Import Facility. Average throughput capacity: 500 million standard cubic feet per day; peak: 750 million standard cubic feet per day.

On February 15, 2005, Neptune LNG LLC filed an application for construction and operation of an LNG facility to be located in Massachusetts Bay, approximately 10 miles south of Gloucester, Massachusetts, in Federal waters approximately [?] feet in depth.. On January 31, 2007, the Maritime Administrator signed a favorable Record of Decision for the Neptune project, contingent upon the applicant’s commitment to employ U.S. mariners aboard its vessels servicing the facility. On March 26, 2007, the Maritime Administration issued a deepwater port license to Neptune LNG LLC to build, own and operate an LNG receiving and regasification facility. For additional information regarding this port, see Federal Docket Number USCG-2005-22611.

Neptune LNG LLC, by letter dated May 24, 2012, requested the Maritime Administration allow a temporary five-year suspension of operations at the Neptune deepwater port. On June 22, 2013, the Maritime Administration issued an amended deepwater port license to allow the five-year suspension of operations. During the suspension period, Neptune must maintain compliance with the terms, conditions, and requirements of the deepwater port license amendment. Neptune has requested an extension of the five-year suspension period. MARAD is currently working with the operator and other Federal/State agencies to process the request.

Northeast Gateway (Excelerate Energy)

Port Type: LNG Import Facility. Average throughput capacity: 400 million standard cubic feet per day; peak: 800 million standard cubic feet per day.

On June 13, 2005, Excelerate Energy filed an application for construction and operation of a deepwater port terminal to be located in Massachusetts Bay, approximately 13 miles south-southeast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, in Federal waters approximately 270 feet in depth. On February 7, 2007, the Maritime Administrator signed the Record of Decision for the Northeast Gateway deepwater port project, contingent upon the applicant’s commitment to employ U.S. mariners aboard vessels servicing the facility. On May 14, 2007, the Maritime Administrator signed the license for Excelerate to own, operate and construct the Northeast Gateway deepwater port. For additional information regarding this port, see Federal Docket Number USCG-2005-22219).

License Issuance Pending

Delfin LNG (Delfin LNG, LLC)

Port Type: LNG Export Facility. Average throughput capacity: 585 million standard cubic feet per day; peak: 657.50 million standard cubic feet per day.

On May 8, 2015, the Maritime Administration received an application from Delfin LNG, LLC for Federal authorization required for a license to own, construct, and operate a deepwater port to export natural gas to foreign markets abroad. The application was deemed complete on June 29, 2015, and a Notice of Application acknowledging receipt of the completed application was published in the Federal Register on July 16, 2015 (80 FR 42162). On March 13, 2017, the Maritime Administration issued its Record of Decision approving the project with certain technical, financial, and environmental conditions. A license will be issued upon satisfaction of the requirements and conditions outlined in the Record of Decision. For additional information regarding this port, see Federal Docket Number USCG-2015-0472).

Questions?

For question about any deepwater port, license, or licensing process, contact the Office of Deepwater Port Licensing & Port Conveyance.

Updated: Friday, August 16, 2019