Driftwood Gas Pipeline

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This article is part of the Global Fossil Infrastructure Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor and the Center for Media and Democracy.

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


The pipeline would run from Ville Platte, Louisiana, to Carlys, Louisiana.

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Project Details

  • Operator: Tellurian Inc.
  • Current capacity:
  • Proposed capacity: 4 Billion cubic feet per day
  • Length: 96 miles / 154 km
  • Status: Proposed
  • Start Year: 2022
  • Estimated Cost: US$30 billion[2]


The proposed Driftwood Gas Pipeline would be operated by Driftwood Pipeline LLC (DWPL), a subsidiary of Tellurian Inc. In March 2017 DWPL submitted its FERC application and requested approval to begin construction in 2018, with a planned in-service date of 2022.[3] "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."[3]

In December 2017 it was reported that DWPL planned to begin operating the pipeline by 2021.[4]

In April of 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave the green light to build the pipeline. Tellurian still has to receive a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers permit and a Department of Energy order for non-Free Trade Agreement exports, but both of those are expected soon, according to a Tellurian spokesperson.[5]

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