Delfin LNG LLC has submitted an application to the Maritime Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard to construct, own and operate the Delfin LNG Project (Port Delfin) under the Deepwater Port Act. The project would liquefy and export natural gas to free trade agreement (FTA) and non-FTA nations under authorizations from the U.S. Department of Energy. The project would be capable of exporting up to 443.3 Bcf per year of natural gas, or about 9.2 million metric tonnes per annum of liquefied natural gas (LNG). "We believe that floating liquefaction technology is faster to market, more flexible, and more environmentally friendly than land-based liquefaction terminals," said Frederick Jones, Delfin founder. "As the first floating liquefaction project in North America, Port Delfin will be a significant development in the world's evolving natural gas markets and an historic milestone for the U.S. oil and gas industry." Port Delfin would be sited 50 miles off the coast of Cameron Parish, LA. The project proposes to construct an onshore compressor station and use existing, underutilized pipeline infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico to transport natural gas to four moored floating liquefied natural gas vessels. Delfin also has submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the onshore components of the project. The company has signed a joint development agreement with Hoegh LNG Ltd.