Plans to develop a new multi-purpose deepwater port facility in Port Fourchon, a major hub for energy activities in the Gulf of Mexico in the US, have advanced significantly with the recent signing of a multi-party agreement.
The Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) on Thursday announced a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) with Edison Chouest offshore subsidiary C-Logistics, Bollinger Fourchon and Grand Isle Shipyards, paving the way for the development of a multifaceted heavy industry facility on Fourchon Island . The facility will provide a wide range of services including repair and refurbishment of deepwater rigs, drillships and heavy lift installation vessels, wind farm fabrication, erection and repair, general heavy industry manufacturing, project loading and logistics, and decommissioning.
GLPC Managing Director Chett Chiasson called the development a “game changer” for the US Gulf of Mexico.
“Currently, limited repair and modernization work is being carried out on oil rigs in the United States. However, this work, performed at heavy equipment yards outside the United States, generally requires companies to travel long distances. “As more and more repair, rehabilitation and decommissioning work is undertaken, the proposed facility on Fourchon Island will allow the United States to take on that work,” Chiasson said.
GLPC entered into an agreement in 2018 with landowner Edward Wisner Donation Trust to lease over 900 hectares of land immediately south of Port Fourchon for the development of the Fourchon Island site.
Given Port Fourchon’s critical role in the support and logistics of deepwater energy activities in the Gulf of Mexico, the Fourchon Island development will provide a central location for deepwater vessel maintenance, final assembly and offloading of offshore wind farms, and offshore wind farm decommissioning existing and future offshore installations.
“The potential for the state of Louisiana and the country cannot be overstated,” Chiasson said.
Plans are already underway to build a bridge and link road that will connect Port Fourchon to the 1,000 hectare site. According to Chiasson, the historic agreement gives the GLPC more opportunities to apply for additional funding to help Fourchon Island reach its full potential.
“We have been vigorously seeking funds to build the bridge and link road, and construction of this project is on track to begin construction in the near future,” he said. “However, partnerships like this are required for the success of the full development of Fourchon Island. The commitment shown by these tenants will be key to driving Port Fourchon’s growth.”