U.S. LNG developer Tellurian Inc. told federal energy regulators on Dec. 1 it wants to withdraw its application to build the Permian Global Access natural gas pipeline in Texas and Louisiana.
The filing with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) comes a day after Tellurian said its President and CEO Meg Gentle will leave the company.
In what has been a tough year for the LNG industry after coronavirus demand destruction caused global energy prices to collapse, Tellurian said in the filing that "current market conditions do not support the economic thresholds to pursue the [Permian pipe] further at this time."
Tellurian said it "continues to believe that in time the proposed project will provide significant benefits" and it will host a new open season "in the event market conditions rebound and the market needs an additional transportation solution."
The 625-mile (1,005-km) Permian pipeline was designed to transport up to 2.3 Bcf/d of gas from the Permian Basin in West Texas and eastern New Mexico to southwest Louisiana near where Tellurian wants to build the Driftwood LNG export plant.
In addition to the Permian pipeline, Tellurian has also proposed to build the 4 Bcf/d Driftwood, 2 Bcf/d Haynesville Global Access and 2 Bcf/d Delhi Connector gas pipelines in Louisiana.
The company has estimated the Permian pipe would have cost about $4.2 billion, Driftwood about $2.3 billion and Haynesville and Delhi around $1.4 billion each.
In the past, Tellurian estimated the Driftwood project would cost about $27.5 billion and include the pipelines, the 3.6-bcfd LNG export plant, and gas production and other assets.
But in August, the company reduced the cost of the first phase of the project by deferring most of the pipelines and including liquefaction trains capable of producing around 2 Bcf/d of LNG.
Quality specifications will be consistent with WTI crude oil originating from the Permian Basin, with delivery capabilities at either Magellan's East Houston terminal or Enterprise's ECHO terminal.
Oil prices have rallied to an 11-month high this month, helped by a Jan. 5 decision by most members of OPEC+ to hold production steady in February and a pledge by Saudi Arabia to voluntarily cut output.
The emergence of new strains of the virus, renewed lockdowns in China and logistical hurdles facing vaccine roll-outs contributed to the gloomier oil demand outlook by the IEA.