Driftwood LNG Pipeline

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Driftwood LNG Pipeline is a proposed natural gas pipeline.[1]


The pipeline would run from Ville Platte, Louisiana, to Carlys, Louisiana.[2][3]

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Project details

  • Operator: Driftwood Pipeline LLC[4][5]
  • Owner: Driftwood Pipeline LLC[4][5]
  • Parent company: Tellurian[4]
  • Capacity: 3.5 billion cubic feet per day[5]
  • Length: 96 mi[4][5]
  • Diameter: 48 in (74 mi), 42 in (11 mi), 36 in (11 mi)[5]
  • Status: Proposed[6]
  • Start year: 2024[6]
  • Cost: 2.2 billion USD[7]


The proposed Driftwood LNG Pipeline would be operated by Driftwood Pipeline LLC (DWPL), a subsidiary of Tellurian Inc, to supply Tellurian's proposed Driftwood LNG Terminal export facility. In March 2017 DWPL submitted its FERC application and requested approval to begin construction in 2018, with a planned in-service date of 2022.[4] "DWPL proposes to build a new approximately 96-mile-long natural gas pipeline which will interconnect with up to 14 existing interstate pipelines to provide feedstock for the proposed Facility and pipeline compression power requirements. The Pipeline will extend westward from a proposed interconnect with the interstate pipeline system of CGT located approximately 4.5 miles south of Ville Platte, Louisiana, and then traverse four parishes (Evangeline, Acadia, Jefferson Davis and Calcasieu) for approximately 96 miles to the proposed Facility near the city of Carlyss, Louisiana. Once the Pipeline is placed in-service, it will provide the Facility with an annual average of approximately 4 Bcf/d of feed gas for liquefaction and export. Proposed interconnects with multiple interstate pipelines will enable the sourcing of feed gas from a variety of U.S. natural gas production areas, providing enhanced liquidity and ensuring reliability of supply for liquefaction and export. The Pipeline will be designed with a maximum allowable operating pressure of 1,440 pounds per square inch gauge, but generally will be operated at lower pressures."[4]

In December 2017 it was reported that DWPL planned to begin operating the pipeline by 2021[8], though more recent estimates imply commissioning will take place in 2024.[3]

Tellurian says it obtained "the most significant permits required for construction and operation" in 2019, when in April, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave the green light to build the pipeline[9]

Tellurian still has to receive a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers permit but that is expected soon, according to a Tellurian spokesperson.[10]

Development of the pipeline hinges on the proposed Driftwood LNG Terminal, the future of which has been hit by setbacks in 2020. During an investor presentation in June 2020, Tellurian's CEO Meg Gentle confirmed that the construction start for the Driftwood LNG terminal would be delayed until 2021. Gentle disclosed further that LNG production at the terminal would also be delayed until the end of 2024, with full operations expected by 2026 or 2027. The company's difficulties in securing partners for the project along with the downturn in LNG prices, which has been exacerbated by COVID-19, were cited as reasons.[11]

Expansion projects

Line 200 and Line 300 Expansion

On March 29, 2021, Driftwood Pipeline LLC announced plans to extend the original Driftwood LNG Pipeline in two stages, referred to as the Line 200 Expansion and Line 300 Expansion.[12]

The lines are estimated to cost US$1.28 billion in total and will be built in three phases phases (with Lines 200 and 300 corresponding to Phases 1 and 2, respectively). Driftwood Pipeline LLC estimated construction could begin as early as 2022, and operation as early as 2023.[13]

The expansions will occur near Ragley in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, USA and end near Carlyss in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, USA.[13]

In April 2023, Tellurian announced it had received authorization from FERC on 21 April 2023 to complete the project. Tellurian stated the project would be operational by 2023 to supply growing fossil gas demand in southwest Louisiana.[14]

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  • Operator: Driftwood Pipeline LLC[4][5]
  • Owner: Driftwood Pipeline LLC[4][5]
  • Parent company: Tellurian[4]
  • Capacity: 4,600 MMcf/d[13][15]
    • Phase 1 (Line 200): 2,400 MMcf/d[13]
    • Phase 2 (Line 300): 4,600 MMcf/d[13]
  • Length: 107.8 kilometers / 67 miles[13]
    • Phase 1 (Line 200): 37 miles[13]
    • Phase 2 (Line 300): 30 miles[13]
  • Diameter: 42 inches[13]
    • Phase 1 (Line 200): 42 inches[13]
    • Phase 2 (Line 300): 42 inches[13]
  • Status: Proposed
  • Start year: 2023[14] (according to Reuters, as reported in April 2023)
    • Originally: 2024 (Phase I), 2026 (Phase 2)
  • Cost: US$1.28 billion

Driftwood Pipeline LLC's website presents this expansion in two phases[13], and this is how the project is entered in Global Energy Monitor's database. However, the EIA discusses it in three phases (see points below, copied from its July 2021 data sheet on pipelines and valid as of October 2022):[15]

  • Phase 1 interconnects with the TETCO pipeline in Beauregard Parish and stretches to MP (milepost) 37 in Calcasieu Parish. Includes one compressor station and eleven meter stations.
  • Phase 2 features additional compression at the compressor station at MP 6.
  • Phase 3 includes 31 miles of looping pipe from MP 6 to MP 37.
  • Total project cost (all three phases) is $1.28 billion and 4.6 billion cubic feet per day of capacity.

Articles and resources


  1. Pipeline, Driftwood LNG, accessed September 2017
  2. National Energy and Petrochemical Map , FracTracker, Feb. 28, 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects, Energy Information Administration, accessed July 21, 2020
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 CP17-117: Applicaton for authorizations under the Natural Gas Act, FERC, Mar. 31, 2017, accessed Sep. 1, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Driftwood Pipeline LLC, Driftwood LNG, accessed Sep. 1, 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 U.S. natural gas pipeline projects, U.S. Energy Information Administration, April 29, 2021
  7. Tellurian to decide on Louisiana LNG project in early 2019 Reuters, accessed Nov. 2018.
  8. Tellurian Planning Two More NatGas Systems to Move Permian, Haynesville Supply to Gulf Coast Natural Gas Intel, Dec. 18, 2017
  9. Tellurian Reports 2019 Results, Feb. 24, 2020, accessed Sep. 1, 2021.
  10. Anthony McAuley, Tellurian's $30bn Lake Charles LNG project clears Fed regulators Nola.com, April 18, 2019
  11. Harry Weber, Driftwood LNG target construction start delayed until 2021: Tellurian CEO, S&P Global, Jun. 16, 2020.
  12. Driftwood Pipeline expansion offers Haynesville enhanced market access, S&P Global, Mar. 29, 2021, accessed Sep. 1, 2021.
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 Line 200 and Line 300, Driftwood Pipeline LLC, accessed Sep. 1, 2021.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Reuters Staff. "Tellurian receives US approval for Driftwood gas pipelines". U.S. Retrieved 2023-07-07. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  15. 15.0 15.1 Natural Gas: Pipelines, US Energy Information Administration, Jul. 27, 2021, accessed Sep. 1, 2021.

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