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Lloyds List: Shell scraps its plans for Gulf Landing

Published: Mar 30, 2007

Oil major Shell has scrapped plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in the Gulf of Mexico, writes Tony Gray .

Shell said the Gulf Landing project was not needed because import capacity would be enough without it.

‘It is just an assessment of the market,’ said project manager Greg Koehler.

He stressed that Shell was not abandoning the LNG business. ‘Our plans are to continue to increase volumes of LNG into the US,’ Mr Koehler said.

Shell is, for example, a partner in the Altamira terminal Mexico’s northeast coast, and has capacity at existing US terminals at Cove Point, Maryland, and Elba Island, Georgia.

The oil major is also a partner with TransCanada in the Broadwater LNG project proposed for Long Island Sound between New York and Connecticut.

Gulf Landing was to have capacity of 1bn cu ft of gas a day, based 38 miles offshore Cameron, Louisiana.

The project was opposed by fisherman and environmentalists for planning to use ‘open-loop’ technology.

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